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Ribbon Girls
wind, weave, twist and tie
Maryellen Kim

FunStitch Studio (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
release 2 February 2015 / ISBN 9781607059875
Nonfiction / Juvenile Non Fiction/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


What a lot of fun you can have with ribbon! As the subtitle says you can “wind, weave, twist and tie” to make things for yourself, your friends, family and more.

These books for tweenage and teenage girls are just the sort of thing I would have loved when I was that age. They really do start with the basics and show how much fun you can have from crafting, a world away from regimented school projects. This title doesn’t start with the ribbon and what else you need as an adult book might, but instead gets the young reader to think about what inspires them by creating a “style file”. When you have done that you are already halfway to making any project your own which is a wonderful way to start a creative book rather than with rules and instructions. Of course there is a look at ribbon but it is brief, and instantly it is on to some of the basic skills such as starting and finishing hand sewing (knots and all that), sewing on a button and making embellishments with ribbon such as flowers. The rest of the book is divided into themed sections. Customize your room, dress up your clothes, make presents and show a bit of team spirit at school. Projects include bunting, a belt, notebook cover, cards, rosette bracelet and my own favorite, bowls made from baker’s twine. Each project is colorful and easy to follow with a large photo of the finished item, plenty of stages with more photos and short captions and a difficulty rating. There is an illustrated glossary at the back showing some of the crafting items and a bit about them. This is a great way to get girls into making things and discovering their own personal style.

If you cannot find a good range of ribbons and sewing materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015