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by Ruth February 16, 2015

I am pretty excited to reveal what I’ve been working on the last two months but there are just one or two details to finalise… I’ve been clocking 15 hour days (and weekends – sorry kids) to create our new website  so I haven’t been as present as I would like here. Mea culpa!   […]

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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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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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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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Children DIY: Autumn leaves & Antique ribbon with Mer Mag

by Ruth November 7, 2014
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Merrilee of one of my all time favourite blogs, Mer Mag, just posted a DIY feature on how to create crowns using some of our antique ribbons (from our family’s archives) and autumn leaves. I had created a special silk treasury kit with a mix of ribbons from late 1800s up to 1960s and I […]

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Au Fil du Coeur, antique French sewing notions

by Ruth October 21, 2014
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Sewing notions found on a recent textile treasure truffling adventure. I didn’t realise until I had gotten home and sat unravelling and unwrapping my little notions that I realised I had subsconsciouly been brocanting with a colour theme in mind. Autumn, rich jewel coloured leaves (originally destined for funeral wreaths but oh so pretty) and […]

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Inspiration – Les Petits Bonheurs

by Ruth October 21, 2014
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Image of one of Kathleen Craig of ALTaeRs collection I find inspiration everywhere, textile artists, jewelers, weavers, book makers, sculptors, embroiderers, musicians, mixed media artists, potters, photographers, filmmakers and doll makers…I know I’m forgetting some! More recently I find myself naturally drawn to those that collect and create from found treasures, be it little pieces […]

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Open atelier day at home for Rubanesque & Exquisite Threads

by Ruth October 19, 2014
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So last week I welcomed me first large group of buyers into our home. It was slightly chaotic. Up until now I have only had one shop, Rubanesque to exhibit at open studio days and never to more than 6 guests at a time. So with two shops, Rubanesque and Exquisite Threads, and a combined […]

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Crépaux & Wydemans, silk & tulle ribbon crafted in Lyon, France

by Ruth October 13, 2014
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I love the adventures I inadvertently embark on after opening up a dusty old box full of antique silk samples. The original salesman tag mark the ‘patron’ or pattern number and the company C & W Lyon, it’s a company I’m not familiar with…and so the adventure begins. I searched everyone online for a reference, […]

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Peak into an 1892 antique French ribbon ledger, Saint Etienne

by Ruth September 23, 2014
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Another glimpse into our family silk archive room. One shelf contains rows and rows of these beautiful thick, hard backed folders. The numbers (seen here) 23 – 29 denote the order from youngest to oldest. The four digit number e.G. 4049 4177 refers to the reference of each ribbon contained within. So to know what […]

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