1. Purchase 2, 4, 6 yards of 100% cotton (I use the selection in the quilting section). I have found these lengths are the most manageable and appeal to most people.
2. Wash the heck out of it. Usually twice in the washer and once in the dryer. You want it very soft. Be prepared for the raveled threads. Just clip them off and throw outside for the birds and squirrels to use in their nests.
3. Decide the width you want. I use one, two three and four inches. I measure the width, make a small clip, then tear all the way down the length. Continue marking and tearing until you have used the whole piece of fabric. Yes, this is messy. Keep trimming and clipping the loose threads.
4. Use as is or using a permanent ink, stamp an image down the length of your ribbon. Some inks need to be heat set with an iron. (I always try NOT to iron - just a personal quirk!)
5. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Warning: This can become addicting! The act of tearing the fabric is a great stress reducer.
I hand-dyed muslin with liquid Rit dye to achieve this mottled blue color. Then stamped the Emily Dickinson poem (TPC Studio), the bird (Paper Studio), and the nest (unknown - yard sale find). This has become my most popular seller.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.
I hope this blog made sense - I've been outside in the sun the whole day working on projects! Have a wonderful day!http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/BCD-round-button-show-and-tell-2-copy-300x300.jpg http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/BCD-round-button-show-and-tell-2-copy-300x300.jpg