Free Gift and Card templates

screenshotOver on Paper and More they are sharing a number of envelope, box and card templates that you can use as small gift boxes or for special invitations, gift cards etc.

Included, is a pentagon petal card template, a pyramid box a square petal card, and a a triangle petal card. On the same page there are also a number of instructions for small gift boxes including a puffy box, a bon bon box and a candy box.

Instructions include the folding and scoring instructions, as well as recommended papers and card stock.

Crease free silk ribbon storage

One tip to keep have your silk ribbon embroidery look good is to use crease free silk ribbons! In other words iron them. Now this is a fiddly and annoying task so I am often asked how I store my silk ribbon so that is does not get scrunched.

silk ribbon holdersI keep many of my ribbons on these hand turned wood ribbon holders. These are made by Jerry my husband. However my ribbon stash has been growing quicker than he has been able to stand at his lathe. So I decided I needed to come up with another solution.

If you wind ribbons around something it will keep them crease free. Just about anything will do, for years I used the cardboard toilet roll innards to do the task! But I have been successfully using this method for a while now  and I thought I would share it!

Some people use the commercial thread bobbins to store their silk ribbon but this method has a problem as the commercial thread bobbins create a neat little crease ever inch or so as the ribbon is wrapped around the bobbin which is of course just what you do not want.

However I think I have a solution as I realised that all they needed was a little ‘padding’ to take out the hard edge that makes the crease. This padding is a plastic straw.

silk ribbon crease free 1Get a plastic drinking straw. Measure the straw against the thread bobbin and cut the straw  the length of the notch on the bobbin.

Do this twice so that you have one piece of straw for each side of your bobbin.

silk ribbon crease free 2With old scissors (these are old embroidery scissors that are now used for other things) cut the straw open, up the side.

silk ribbon crease free 3Slip the piece of straw over each side of the embroidery thread bobbin. The straw will stay on as it grips the bobbin.

silk ribbon crease free 4Wind your ribbon on not too tight and you will have no more creases!

silk ribbon on bobbinsI hope you find this tip useful.

It works trust me!

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R. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions a free ebook online

fashion illustrationR. Ackermann’s Repository of fashions was published 1829 and has been digitized and made available as free Google ebook.

For those with a tablet it is easily read or you can view it on your computer.

The book contains some really lovely fashion plates of the day which will be of great interest to anyone interested in the history of costume. They have a charm of their own that delighted me.

Also many crazy quilters print on fabric vintage images then incorporate these into their crazy quilt blocks they are the modern equivalent to cigarette silks.

fashion illustrationFor those readers who do not do crazy quilting on antique crazy quilts you will often find little pictures and images that were printed on silk. If you are interested here is an article about Cigarette Silks. These came in cigarette packets and women used to collect them and they got used in crazy quilts. Today with the aid of computers quilters print on fabric in the tradition of cigarette silks. The prints produced this way are even abbreviated to the words “silk cigie” or just cigie

free embroidery pattern
Also the book contains many interesting embroidery patterns used in that period.

free embroidery patternI have taken a few screenshots in the hope of enticing you to look at and enjoy reading the the book.

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As I browsed these pages my imagination went to creating a series of Jane Austin themed crazy quilt blocks using this publication as a jumping off spot.

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.