I am so excited to share this project with you! It was one of those things that just kept getting a little bit more over the top at every turn. But that's what happens when I use my May Arts Ribbon - a little bit just isn't enough. I originally was working on a different project for Round 2, but after I finished this, I knew I had to use this one.
I wanted to create a basket, and went to the craft store in hopes of finding one that I could embellish, but they just didn't have what I wanted, so I created this one entirely from cardstock and ribbon. I'm not going to go into all of the details for the base of the basket, but instead want to focus on the basket embellishments.
After the base was complete, I wove four panels of ribbon using the Frameability Scalloped Edge Frame. I would love to say that I figured out the schematics for this all on my own, but it was from a tutorial from the very talented Bekka Feeken. I laced the four panels together, around the circumference of the basket, and that way I could adjust the size to make them fit perfectly.
On the inside of the basket, I added a length of our eyelet ribbon, that I had sprayed with Glimmer Mist to match the papers. I also put a strip of the Faux Canvas/Lightweight along the base of the eyelet to create a neat edge.
Now for the flowers - these are so easy, and so addictive. I know you are going to want to make some for yourself. I used a Clover Flower Loom, but you could use any type of flower loom, or even make your own. I liked this one though, because it was sturdy for wrapping wide ribbon.
To make it a little easier to see what I'm doing, I am going to use some May Arts Twine, instead of the actual ribbon that I used.
Tie the ribbon off at the bottom slot, go to the left of peg one, up to the left of peg 2, down to the right of peg 2, down to the right of peg 1,back up to the left of peg 3, down to the right of peg 3, down to the right of peg 4, up to the left of peg 4, up to the right of peg 5, etc. Basically, you are wrapping around diagonally opposite pegs, making sure you are always moving clockwise.
With the wider ribbon, it is a little bit trickier, but just keep pushing the ribbon down next to the loom base (and you can twist the ribbon some if you want to make it more narrow, while you are working.
When you have gone all the way around, thread the ribbon through a large darning needle, and take the end to the back, and tie a knot with the starter end. Use embroidery floss, and backstitch around the center of the flower. This will compress the flower as you go. Tie the ends of the floss on the backside as well.
Remove the flower from the loom.
You could leave the flower flat like this, but I prefer to fluff the petals. Each of these flowers are 3 inches across, but the looms come in different sizes, so you can make the smaller.
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my project. I have enjoyed being on the May Arts Ribbon Design Team so much over the past year, and wish to thank Bethney, the Ribbon Lady, for such a great experience. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another term.
May Arts Ribbons Used