Exquisite Threads

The story of a dress, by Visionnaire & Refinery 29

by Ruth January 28, 2015

Just on foot of the beautiful images from Raf Simon’s Christian Dior show featuring our familys haute couture grosgrain ribbons, I discovered this wonderful film which gives us a delicious glimpse into the making of one dress, “Look #53″. I loved discovering the haute couture ateliers, from the dyers (teinturiers) to the ateliers Gérard Lognon (plissers […]

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Raf Simons’s couture for Christian Dior collection, embellished with Julien Faure ribbons

by Ruth January 27, 2015
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Wow I am just swelling with pride for our family ribbon company. Suzy Menkes just wrote a wonderful review of his show which featured ribbons from Julien Faure. Suzi Menkes writes “…As the models walked down the scaffolding ramp set, you could tell that each stripe, each decoration –  were works of art.” Here are […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Gentlework by Christine Kelly

by Ruth January 9, 2015
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Les Petits Bonheurs series is back for 2015 and appropriately this weeks artist, Christine Kelly of ‘Gentlework‘, is someone who I discovered thanks to Johanna Flanagan of The Pale Rook who I interviewed in November. What a wonderful gift it has been to meet so many wonderful makers, you are truly inspiring me. I completly […]

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Bonne Annee 2015 – wishing you everything

by Ruth January 8, 2015
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I just wanted to reach out and wish you all a happy happy new year. I hope it is filled with … ….happiness, may you be surrounded by loving friends and family …laughter – the kind where you have tears running down your face and your cheeks ache from smiling! …adventures – go skinny dipping […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Tina Jensen of Tiny Bear Studios

by Ruth December 18, 2014
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Oh the wonders of Instagram, one day you scroll down through your feed, fall down a wonderful rabbit hole of inspiration and come out the other end buzzing with the discovery of exciting talent. This is what happened when I discovered the work of Danish mixed media artist, Tina Jensen who creates under the name, […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Amy Hanna, Rejuvenated Jewels

by Ruth December 12, 2014
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One of my most dog eared, overflowing with post-its, favourite creative books is Rejuvenating Jewels: New Designs from Vintage Treasures by Jeweler Amy Hanna. Its pages are filled with sumptious images, the most unexpected items are transformed into beautiful heirloom jewellery.  I have followed Amy over the years, admiring from a distance her wonderful way […]

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Antique French lace, buttons & notions for Rubanesque

by Ruth December 9, 2014
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So as I mentioned yesterday that last week I put down the camera (for a few hours) and took out my jewellery supplies and started making. I had discovered a stack of antique lace appliques still intact on their handsewn starched netting. They held so many possibilities, delicate and the perfect size for earrings or […]

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Chanel and the making of the Metiers d’Art 2014/2015 show

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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Oh my, I think I stopped breathing for 2 mins 51 secs…sublime is the only word that I can think of after watching this awe inspiring behind the scenes glimpse into the craftmanship and making of Chanels Métiers d’Art 2014/2015 show. I’m going to watch it again mouth closed this time. Images & videos courtesy […]

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Postcards from Avignon & the not to be brocante

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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This weekend past I made a futile attempt at treasure hunting. A slow Sunday morning was forgotten for an early morning start, my alarm rang out shrilly at the crack of dawn and bleary eyed I drove 55 mins to find the marché aux puces had been cancelled at the last minute, no reason was […]

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Winter montage, Gold, silver & blue

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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  After the last few fervorous months of launching Exquisite Threads, taking out ribbons, choosing which to part with (and which to keep) and photographing the final choices, I realised I hadn’t made anything in way too long. So I took out my beads and my boxes of forgotten notions which had been secreted away […]

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