PLEASE NOTE: These are all of the classes that Candace teaches; during a given session, we will offer a selection of the following.
It’s always spring when you know how to make ribbon flowers. In this class, spectacular roses will bloom beneath your fingertips. You’ll learn to coax ribbon into a bounty of beautiful buds and blooms, with ruffled edges and pleated petals accented by gracefully dancing leaves.
Open up a whole new realm of exploration for your ribbonwork bouquets with the introduction of luscious and luxurious fabrics. Add to your flower inventory with more buds, petals and leaves. Learn about the attributes of bias, the cult of selvedge, and the versatility of larger shaped petals and flowers. Watch as spectacular flowers reveal themselves through cutting, stitching, and shaping.
1 and 2 day classes
In this hands-on class, students will create a myriad of samples: strip trimmings, edgings, and surface finishes: pleated, folded, pressed, gathered and stitched. Although the origin of some of these ribbonwork trims dates back to the 18th Century, their application is amply evident in today’s exuberant fashion pages. Candace brings to class her many boards of ribbonwork examples. Come and refresh your memory or learn it all for the very first time.
VINTAGE RUCHING 1 & 2
1-day workshop, 2-day workshop, or two 1-day workshops
Plain gathering and simple shirring? That’s just the beginning. Learn how Victorian seamstresses ruffled the ruffle, 1920’s milliners trimmed their hats with gauged ribbon, and how Parisian designers apply these skills today. Using ribbon and fabric, needle and thread, you will make samples of these and other techniques, from fancy edgings to surface designs. Pictures from Candace’s collection will give you a wealth of application ideas.
Marvel at the spectacular forms that ribbon can take! In this workshop, students will use pleated and interlaced grosgrain ribbon to create beautiful French hat decorations called cockades or cocardes. The namesake of the cockscomb, these centuries-old geometric ribbon forms were especially popular during both world wars in the 20th century. They are used as military insignia, award ribbons, shoe bows, jewelry, as well as hat, dress, and home furnishing decorations. In class, Candace will share handouts filled with fascinating motifs: rosettes, fans, wings, pin wheels, sunbursts, and even buzz saws. Students will make samples of basic folds, and lots of variations on the theme.
RIBBON FLATWORK & TAPEWORK
As the name implies, flatwork is flat! These clever folded ribbon trimmings are ideally suited to adorn clothes, pillows, or quilts, and to survive the laundering process. Most popular as dress decorations in the 1860’s and lingerie, hat, and children’s clothes adornment in the 1920’s, these trims lend themselves to a variety of ribbons and bias tapes and a host of applications. Candace has devised a simple method of teaching these folded geometric forms in this hands-on workshop.
RIBBON PANSIES & FUCHSIAS
You’ll start simple and learn pansy basics. Then we’ll add a second smaller ribbon to create a more complex and realistic version, the pansy with the fancy face. We’ll master that graceful dancer, the fuchsia and expand our fuchsia repertoire with a host of fanciful friends, each dressed differently, with square dance ruffles and pencil skirts and fancy dancing shoes. Use beautiful fabrics and multiple ribbons pieced together to create larger more spectacular versions.
RIBBON BUDS & CENTERS
Buds are the finishing touches of your bouquet. They lead a varied life. They droop and dangle and dance around the edges of your bigger, showier flowers. Sometimes they spring newborn from the top of your bouquet, other times they cascade like tassel tips below it. In her continuing research, Candace has come up with lots of new and old ideas. Most adapt easily to both ribbon and fabric. You’ll make as many as you can, adding stamens, stems, and calyxes as you go.
FABRIC & RIBBON CABOCHONS
The 20th Century designers Dior, Poiret, Lanvin, and Boue Soeurs, all used varieties of this versatile rose, a must in your ribbonwork repertoire. Some examples were formed on dome-shaped buckram discs; others were stuffed to give them their namesake “cabochon”. Nicknamed “cabbage rose” or “chou rose”, these domed beauties can be made with continuous ribbon, or many pieces of folded fabric. We’ll make them all!
BOWS! BOWS! BOWS!
All thumbs when you tie a bow? Grasp the basics and beyond. In this class you’ll run the gamut from the simple to the sublime. You’ll create delicate baby bows using tiny ribbon and monster bows from fabric. You’ll learn about interfacing, wiring, and horsehair, and create a wide variety of loops and tails. Candace will share her collection of images of vintage and modern bows uniquely placed and inventively applied.