Off and on over the years I have pretty much stuck to working with the same materials in my jewellery. Stainless steel, linen thread, sterling silver and of course my ceramic beads. But with my foray into playing with beach glass, I thought I would mix it up a little and was inspired to buy some silk ribbon when a friend of mine sent me a birthday present wrapped in the most gorgeous piece of multicoloured ribbon. Alas I could not track that particular ribbon down, regardless of the fact I spent hours scrolling through ribbon vendors on the net (there are some truly beautiful and horrid ribbons out there!).
Eventually though, I found this seller on Etsy and they had so many gorgeous, hand dyed silk ribbons in an array of enticing colours, I did not know where to start. I settled on some lengths in turquoise, silver, green and browns - all slightly variegated and subtle.
Best of all they are from a seller in Oz, so that was nice! They arrived yesterday and I immediately wanted to so something with them. I hung them in front of an open window - to stop them getting grubby and they looked beautiful blowing gently in the breeze. In the past I have done a lot of hand wrapping of stainless steel using linen thread in my pieces and think that the silk will lend itself well to a similar treatment.
So off I go to get started, hopefully with a finished piece to post by tomorrow!