Friday, May 27, 2011

Shopping Our Stash Challenge Friday Feature

Over at Shopping Our Stash this week we are asking you to dig out some ribbon and create something! Some of us on the DT have some ribbon addiction issues and after seeing some of the other's ideas for using our stash, I decided to make something new for my craft room. I made this ribbon wreath- and even though my husband says he needs shades to look at it, I like the cheery colors! I went looking at Value Village and found a package of 4 metal rings about 12 inches in diameter. I then pulled some ribbon from my stash ( I have a lot of these colors and seem to be drawn to them all the time).

Nekkid wire form

Close up to show the way I tied the ribbon

Taking shape (ignore the mess on the desk)

I started with this wreath as my idea but then tried tying some pieces on the regular way and then looping them thru themselves too. I think both ways work and you could do it either way or a mix...I think the looped on way if you did it only that way would give you an option for different looks. I had a smaller amount of the yellow polka dot ribbon so started with that first and tried to space it somewhat evenly around the form. I then filled in with some solids and then went in with a patterned ribbon that I didn't have as much of either, then back in with more solids. I don't think it matters, but I was trying to get the colors used evenly. I just was a bit compulsive about it.

**Okay in the spirit of keeping this real, I have a confession. I did go buy the yellow polka dot ribbon. (hangs head in shame) I fell off the wagon. I know this whole challenge blog is about shopping our stash, but...I NEEDED some yellow ribbon for that wreath as the patterned ribbon I had had yellow in it. I have a matching issue. I already said I BOUGHT The wire forms, but it was from a thrift shop, ya know, reusing, recycling, etc. I should get some sorta bonus points for that, right?

Anyway, I would do it a bit different next time in cutting my pieces a bit shorter. I ended up trimming them down some. I cut them at about 8 inches but could easily have gone down an inch or inch and a half but my Rheumatoid Arthritis gives me problems sometimes so wanted to make sure I had plenty to work with. I would also either cut straight ends with pinking shears or go ahead and seal the ends with a lighter before tying them on! heh. I think that step could be optional though.

Crafting For All Seasons- anything goes
Freshly Brewed Challenges- anything but a card
My Mum's Craft Shop- favorite colors
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge- challenge yourself- this was a new adventure for me


jackid said...

It's beautiful and very colourful would brighten any room love ot
Jacki xx

Jani said...

Wow, this looks great!
Beautiful colours! This must be a lot of work hah?
Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
Jani x

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant, so bright and cheerful. And I loved all your confessions (of course it was OK to buy matching ribbon, we'd all do the same, lol). Thanks for being brave and joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight. xx

fionalawlor said...

Wow this is fab! Love the bright colours and all the lovely dotty ribbon.I bet this cheers up your craft room a treat :)
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge.
Fiona x

Kitty said...

This is stunning, such a fab idea! Love the bright cheery colours!

Thanks for joining in this weeks challenge at MMCS Challenges and hope to see you again next week!

Kitty xx

Crystal said...

WHAT???? You shopped?? There should be a fine for that LOL!! Thankfully you confessed and reused/recycled so all is forgiven :) Just kdding!! Love the bright fun colours of your ribbon wreath, boy do you have patience I don't think I could tie that many ribbons. Happy Sunday :)

Heather said...

This is just toooo cute! I love the colors!!!

Thanks for playing along this week at Freshly Brewed Challenges Anything but a card challenge.

Heather D.
Fresh Brewed Designs

The Stamper's Touch said...

Wowza, this is outstandingly gorgeous!!! I would love to try something like this, bet I wouldn't even put a dent in my ribbon collection though!!!! LOL!!! Such fun colors. Thanks for joining us at FBD.