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The Beauty of Ribbonwork cannot be underestimated,
as you will soon discover after looking at the sumptuous pages in
this book, written by ribbon expert Helen Gibb.
This small hardback book with spiral pages is the
perfect size for toting to class and setting flat on the table.
Enjoy the photos of vintage ribbonwork, learn the techniques for
making ribbon flowers and leaves and be inspired to make the incredibly
beautiful projects. Using the detailed step-by-step instructions,
diagrams and photos, you'll soon be on your way to making ribbon
flower compositions for use on your hats, albums, pillows, dolls,
crazy patch and quilting projects.
Helen was born in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in the United
States of America.
"Growing up in Australia during the 1950's and 1960's, I wasn't
particularly interested in sewing or embroidery," says Helen.
"The only sewing project I finished in primary school was a
shower cap and an apron!"
Helen's ribbonwork journey started in the late 1990s with the purchase
of an Edwardian driving hat, and later, a black mourning bonnet
complete with black ribbon embellishments. An antique book on old
millinery techniques was also purchased and in the back of that
book were some simplified instructions on how to make a ribbon rose.
Since then, Helen has acquired several old books about ribbonwork
and some lovely samples of vintage ribbon flowers and items from
the 1920's, many of which are shown on the pages of this book.
With a vast store of self taught ribbon techniques and access to
ribbons from France, Japan, and Germany, Helen's talents in ribbonwork
are evident throughout the pages of this book and her other two
ribbon booksThe Secrets of Fashioning Ribbon Flowers,
and Heirloom Ribbonwork.
Helen's ribbonwork has been showcased in numerous magazines, including
Better Homes and Gardens and Doll Costuming in the USA, and Embroidery
and Cross Stitch Magazine in Australia. In addition, Helen is a
regular guest on HGTV's The Carol Duvall Show, and she appears on
PBS's Creative Living and on network TV news programs in Denver.
Helen lives in Colorado with her husband Jim, where they enjoy
the Rocky Mountains. When not doing ribbonwork, Helen loves to read
and solve crossword puzzles. She also sings with Rocky Mountain