Created and manufactured by Shibori Girl, this gorgeous silk ribbon is available in a vast array of colors.
There are several online shops that carry the full line of Shibori Silk Ribbon but for Crazy Quilting, I recommend a scrap bag with a variety of shorter pieces. These scrap bags are available from Shibori Girl Studios on Etsy.
Step 1: Because Shibori Ribbon is made of silk and pleated, it's very fluid and reflective. It can add movement to your crazy quilt block. It adds texture and light and of course, color! Determine where you want your ribbon on your block. In my example, I wanted the ends sewn into the seams. I started by pinching one end of the ribbon together and sewing the end down so that when I put this piece together, the ribbon will be sewn into the seam. It's just a matter of tacking it down. I used a fine silk thread by YLI for hand sewing:
As you can see in the photo below, I sort of "pinched" it in the center and then fanned it out again near the bottom. Again, I want both ends sewn into the seam when I put this project together.
So continue to tack your ribbon down along the other edge until you're satisfied that your shibori ribbon is secure. You don't need to a lot of tack stitches. Just a few.
Step 3: I like to use some sort of a focal point embellishment. In my example, I used a round pink bead and then added "petals" with smaller bicone beads. You can use buttons, a piece of vintage jewelry or anything else you like.
Step 4: Ya'll know me, I love beads!!! I used a pink bead mix and trailed beads from the pink flower outward in the "valleys" of the pleats, following the flow of the Shibori ribbon. You don't want to completely cover up your ribbon. Make sure you can see the ribbon through your bead trails.
Of course, this isn't the one and only way to work with Shibori Ribbon. As I use it on upcoming projects, I will share more technique tutorials but this one is a simple and good way to get started using it.