Like all good sewing momentum, you become transfixed with items Off The List and then head decidedly that direction (away from the list). I had help this time: Julie over at The Ribbon Jar, an online purveyor of beautiful ribbons, asked if I wanted to be a part of their Blog Hop, celebrating the revamping of their website. She sent me a packet of ribbon along with a bundle of my choosing (disclaimer: it was free to me). That said, it still took me far too long to make my decisions! They really have a lot of great stuff to choose from.
Picking a project to showcase some of what they sent didn't take me long (it's execution is another story). My plan was for a whole stack of taggy rings for Miss Grab-and-Chew, but I'm putting the other two or three on hold for Christmas. I used a free pattern for Baby Rings from Making it Fun (Kathy Miller's blog), scraps from my bin, and strips of Herringbone, Stitched French Cotton Ribbon, and both Red and Golden Wheat Grosgrain. The pattern is great. It's straight forward but does require some hand-stitching and attaching straight lines to curves. It's good practice if you've decided you're not good at either. To make stacking rings, I'm going to shrink the pattern slightly as I go.
Truly is happy to have something else to flick and tug at. She's at the age where it's helpful to have a small pile of toys next to the bed, in the car seat, in my bag, and in her basket in the living room. She has yet to force teeth out, but it's a near constant struggle and she will chew whatever she gets her hands on. I'm glad to be able to have another toy to be able to pop in the wash. The ribbon is beautiful, of course, and I couldn't help but colour coordinate when it came to picking out my own. I didn't own any velvet ribbon prior (the horror!) and I am a sucker for grosgrain, herringbone and twill of all kinds. It's almost time for gift bag season, after all.
The Ribbon Jar is offering one 25 dollar gift certificate to their online store to one commenter. Do you have a favourite type or colour ribbon at The Ribbon Jar? Let me know, and I'll randomly pick a name before Thanksgiving and you'll be on your way to owning it. You can see other participants and enter to win gift certificates here.