Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Can't Stop Talking About... ~ Antique Ribbon Rosettes

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I am so excited about my latest find especially something I love so well! Receiving this box of silk ribbon flowers was a treasure trove and a testament to the makers of these lovely creations. Each of flower rosette is unique and different from any other with all in very good condition considering how fragile the silk ribbon can be. Prolonged storage can also lead to damage of the rosettes but these show no sign of deterioration. I am thrilled and can't stop talking about them! If you haven't read my post of several months ago of the salesman sample silk rosettes it is a must to do!

Now, I happened upon a 1913 page from Needlecraft magazine titled "Ribbon Flowers" by author Anna T. Roberts. Anna gives in her article the directions for making these lovely flowers. Her directions are for Rose buds, Roses in full bloom, Violets, Pansies and Forget-Me-Nots . Not only does she give directions for making but tells of usage of which she states there are many and varied. Yes, I can attest as I have seen these rosettes on many articles of clothing, bags of all types including lingerie & hanky cases, dresser items such a boxes, mirrors and powder puffs. The limit was endless.

Here a few examples of the rosettes....

A close up of how one of these is made.

And yet another one.

All silk ribbon except for the leaves and stamens. For more details on these or similar ribbon rosettes from the Edwardian - 1920's please read here

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