I read my last post, and smile at that naive, optimistic girl who thought she'd be doing anything but trying to get a report out of the door. Yep, it was a work Friday night, and weekend, and Monday night, and I'm still working away. But last night, around 11:00pm, I rebelled and made an apron for the March/April tie one on (theme: ricrac). Talk about naive and optimistic: sure, I can put together two roses, a linen panel, design an apron pattern, sew it up and SLEEP. Now I'm very tired and still trying to get that report out the door, but at least I have an apron.
The ricrac (how do you really spell that, anyway?) roses turned out well. Did you know that you can't get beige ricrac at any store in the Capital district of NY state? I did know that, but I forgot and planned a neutral palette anyway, and wound up tea-dying the ricrac this weekend. It's a nice, soft ricrac that I bought through Kari Mecca (www.karimeaway.com). You can buy a kit from her that includes the ricrac and instructions.
I love this image - the apron looks so slim and svelte on the child-size dress form. That's really an empire waistband, and the tie doesn't hang quite so low when I tie it around me...
(Tuesday update: the report is done! yes!!!)
Friday update: Thank you so much for your comments! I wouldn't want to post a tutorial, since Kari Mecca makes a living out of selling her kits, but I can explain some of the basics for the roses: braid two strands of rick-rack together, fold one end down at an angle, and then make some basting stitches along the bottom points of the rick-rack braid. Wrap the braided strand around the center until you have the size of rose you want. Tack it down, and fluff out some of the petal points.
Kari provides lots of pictures and more substantial instructions. She also has a kit for rick-rack daisies, and patterns for darling silk ribbon and felt embellishments.