About fifteen years ago I got the ribbon embroidery bug after seeing a piece in a magazine. At the time there wasn't much out there on the topic so I just bought some ribbon and had at it.
It was hard work. Pulling that ribbon through fabric. I think I made two pieces and that was that. Now I am seeing more and more and I'm wanting to give it another try - this time buying proper silk ribbon and getting a book that shows the stitches.
The jacket above isn't my handiwork. Alas no. Actually it is a bed jacket that was featured in a clothing catalog and I was so smitten with it - but it was ridiculously expensive. It was advertised as a bed jacket but the marketing folks said they loved it paired with a tank top and a pair of faded jeans. I could just see myself in that outfit. But like I said it was too dear and I passed on it. Then after about two years of seeing it over and over again in their catalog they decided to mark it way down so I pounced and bought it.
And I have never worn it.
It's a wee bit snug. I'm hoping that in a few months I can pull on my jeans and tank top and throw this on top and have it look like it does in my fantasy.
I'm thinking that the ribbon embroidery is what made it such a pricey piece. If *I* had done the embroidery on it I sure would want to charge a pretty penny for it.
(Cue the wavery, dreamlike lines and see Andrea gazing off into the distance, envisioning her cottage industry of selling ridiculously expensive ribbon embroidered garments and being the darling of both the craft and fashion world....)