Rubanesque News

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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Halloween notions

by Ruth October 26, 2014
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I’ve been collecting jet embellishments and gold coloured notions so putting together a spooky Halloween themed treasury wasn’t too tough. I just had to restrain myself from wanting to put everything in. I found myself at a brocante in Bonnieux this summer, mesmerised by a box of old photographs, mostly portraits of couples. At first […]

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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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Truffling at the brocante for antique textile treasures & notions

by Ruth September 30, 2014
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Only one thing is motivation enough to make me set my alarm for 6.30am and to not hit the snooze button despite being woken up three times overnight…. a fabric fiends flea market… Three cups of coffee to kickstart the brain Focussed straight ahead, trying not to feel queasy as I drove around the precarious […]

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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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Little packages off to see the world

by Ruth September 19, 2014
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  I had so much fun pulling together a bunch of antique silks for a NY magazine editor, can’t wait to see what they do with them! Another package wings its way to a client in San Francisco, she is a collector of my work so I made a special package for her pulling together […]

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Learnings from a pop up shop, display & design

by Ruth September 16, 2014
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I mentioned on my facebook page that I would do a blog post on my learnings after running my second pop up shop this summer…so here goes. This time round, I had a little under 5 weeks notice that the space was available. This was so much more notice than I had last year so […]

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Dark, seductive antique French ribbon sample books

by Ruth September 15, 2014
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Let me take you on a dark journey into the bellows of our family archive room. This particular visit, I spent most of my time on the floor, in the semi dark (conditions to preserve the archives), taking photographs of the archive book spines. My pulse starts racing every time I enter, inhaling the smell […]

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La retour

by Ruth September 13, 2014
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I’m back…and it has been one serious ride the last six months. A lot of ups and quite a few downs to balance it all out. So if I were to describe everything it would take pages, and pages and it would be terribly boring so in an attempt to give you an idea of […]

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