Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rick Rack Score

Rick Rack has a proud history in our family.  My mom LOVED it.  She made a lot of our clothes when we were young, and rick rack was her embellishment of choice.  She would have loved to see all the quilts that now include rick rack.  

I love it too - reminds me of mom, but it also makes me think of adding smiles to my projects.  Imagine how happy I was to find this huge bag of trimmings at my favorite thrift store, mostly rick rack.  All of this for $4.98!  Score!  I probably couldn't buy four individual packs for that much today.  The packaging was almost as much fun as the trims.  There is a scrapbooker inside me that wants to make a page with all of those funky labels.

I couldn't wait to dig into this new treasure, so I made a new Kindle/Nook cover for my shop:

I've already started working on the next podcast, so I'll be back on my regular schedule of every other Sunday.

Oh, and if you haven't yet "liked" my page on Facebook, please do - I'm hoping to get to 200 "likes" this weekend.  There's a link on the right sidebar.


Cal said...

I love rick rack too, looks so beautiful on a little girl's skirt edge.

Debby, crowefan0517 said...

Hi Jean,

You would love that shop I sent you an e-mail about that I found in Lancaster, "The PA Fabric Outlet". Loads of trimmings and lots of rick rack....mostly .30 a yard. Love that you're back to podcasting. :)

Chester, NY

PegS said...

Love your blog and podcast!! Great find at the thrift store - I can only imagine all the treasures you found in that bag.

Just a quick question: I always struggle with how to attach rick-rack because if you sew down the middle, the edges eventually curl up. Do you sew down the middle and accept the curling as part of the object's "charm?"

I don't really think you could attach it any other way without detracting from the wavy appearance of the trim itself (I've thought about this a lot after using rick-rack on some aprons).

Thanks for your wisdom!

Barb said...

What a great find! I've just started using rick rack and having a blast. I especially love the HUGE rick rack... I have big plans for a quilt with that in the border!

Quilted Cupcake said...

Peg, to answer your question, I usually go with straight stitch in a matching color right down the middle. I've tried zig zag, and it never seems to work for me. Any curling after washing can usually be tamed by the iron.

Beth J said...

You find the best things and the best prices. Jealous!

Dawn said...

Rick rack is the greatest! What an awesome find!