My grandmother Ora Belle Dunn Hamer put rick rack on my clothes, the clothes she made for my four first cousins, on aprons, on my doll clothes. One of my first embroidery lessons was putting rick rack on gingham aprons with a decorative stitch. Rick Rack was an integral part of my formative years!
One would think that with all of that rick rack in my family's Save-Everything-Cause-There-May-Be-Another-Depression history, I would have found a HUGE stash of pieces of rick rack. Nope. Nada.
I've hardly found any scraps or unopened packages of rick rack. The quest for the booty of Grandma's rick rack stash has kept me digging around in every corner of the attic here in the farmhouse and in Grandma's attic. I'm going through all the drawers, all the closets, etc. I've not yet given up either!
So I've been casting my eagle eyes over the Internet for some GOOD sales. I recently found 10 yards of rick rack for $2.00 before shipping. Out came my "egg money", and I stocked up. Not all the colors have arrived yet, but I just had to show you this beautiful array!
For less money than a bouquet of flowers from the Florist, this pretty little centerpiece is making me smile every time I look at it (which is often while I am working in my studio upstairs). Unc is carving out some large flat spools (think flat dog bone), but while he takes his time, I've kidnapped the Cherry butter paddles he has made ahead for Christmas.
I just love this little basket, and it seems perfect to hold my rick rack bouquet!
See that little tat of yellow rick rack on the handle? That little piece was from Grandma's sewing stuff. Obviously I am very light on the YELLOW portion of the color wheel. Don't worry, YELLOW rick rack will soon be living at this house again! *grin*
I'll show you very soon what I am making with this rick rack, having just as much fun with it as when I was a child watching Grandma's nimble fingers fly through fabric, threads and trims! Happy memories at her knee. I can hear the hum of her sewing machine right now.