My fellow crafters:
Ask not what burlap can do for you, but ask what you can do with burlap.
This year, for the Close to My Heart national convention, I had decided I wanted to experience the classes and presentations without the pressures of teaching. So I chose not to apply for Extravaganza, which is the most inspiring mad-house of simultaneous classes ever, a favorite tradition of convention.
In the months prior to convention, corporate invited me to fill a special job, as an accessories presenter onstage. I am so honored to have received this amazing opportunity.
My co-presenter, the talented Lisa Stenz (check out her fabulous blog here), and I both received identical boxes of new products and were told to create to our hearts’ content. Anything goes, no restrictions, just play and explore to discover the best use of the products. I was in heaven!
One of my favorite new products (okay, probably my very favorite), is the Burlap Ribbon. It’s one of the new bulk ribbons, and you get a HUGE 5 yard roll. The ribbon is 1-1/2” wide, which is small enough to get into a bow, but wide enough to use as more than just ribbon. At $7.95, you’ll get a LOT of projects out of just one roll.
And guess what? The burlap ribbon looks amazing with EVERY one of the new paper packs in the Autumn/Winter idea book!
I used the new Clementine paper pack with my projects here. Such a pretty shabby chic look when you mix the coordinating Cottage Asssortment fabric flowers with the burlap.
If you’ve ever worked with actual burlap fabric, from the fabric store, you’ll find that it is usually stiff, smelly, and it sheds a lot. Often it has an oily feel from the chemicals used in treating the fabric. I am delighted to say that the CTMH burlap ribbon doesn’t have any of those drawbacks.
It’s much softer, doesn’t smell, has minimal shedding when cutting, and leaves no residue on your hands or work surfaces. And while it has lots of dimension and body, I also found that it was easy to manipulate and held its shape much better than burlap by the yard.
I created a huge flower for the layout above with just 10 inches of burlap ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half long-ways, so you get two bound edges, then use a needle and thread to stitch quickly down the length of the fold. Pull to gather and arrange in a double layer.
I just have to show off my blue pearl embellishment (below). Create your own custom colored pearl and rhinestone embellies using the new CTMH alcohol markers. My pearls started out white, can you believe it?
For a more rustic look with the burlap ribbon, trim off the binding and fray the edges (below). You can even use the discarded fibers to thread into your button holes!
I attached the ribbon with just a single swipe of adhesive from my ATG tape gun. By leaving it loose on the edges, you’ll be adding more depth to your projects with the loose edges lifting up.
Want more burlap tips, ideas and artwork? You’re in luck, because I have MORE coming in my next post!