This is the third of four Monday posts where I'll show pictures of pieces of antique ribbonwork that I have in my collection while preparing for a ribbonwork workshop with Candace Kling in November.
Today I'm sharing three ribbonwork sprays. None of them are in very good condition but we can still envision their beauty once when they were originally constructed.
I always enjoy seeing how the leaves were stitched. In this case, three stitches only using an ombre green ribbon and attached using a silk-wrapped cord or wire...
All three of the sprays are built on a piece of buckram separately to be applied to a garment at a later time.
The one below has really faded but it's one of my favorites...
Mainly because of the shapes of the leaves.
They're round like geranium leaves.
And that little bit of curved stitching on the ribbons for the calyx of these buds?
It's the perfect touch.
And the last spray today is one of the sweetest...
I love how it's wrapped and constructed similar to the techniques we would use for real flowers; using wire, pips and silk thread to wrap rather than florist tape.
I think I love all the pips and stamens used in this piece the most...
I hope these little sprays have given you some inspiration for your own work.
Happy Monday everyone!