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A Passion for Ribbonry Paperback – March 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place; First Edition edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156477211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564772114
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Passion for Ribbonry 144 pages, 8 1/4" x 10 7/8", softcover A main selection of the Crafter's Choice Book-of-the-Month Club. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Camela Nitschke, teacher and owner of the stunning shop The Ribbonry in Perrysburg, Ohio, is one of the most talented ribbonry artists and designers in the US. A passion for ribbonry accurately describes her lifelong love affair with ribbon embellishments. She has been featured in magazines such as Victoria, is a sought-after teacher, and also the author of Christmas Ribbonry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
The lovely cover of this book is enticing, but resist: it's a real disappointment. There simply isn't a book's worth of material here, so the book has been extended with erroneous history, uninteresting biography, and repetitious detail. The instruction section, for which most people actually buy textile art books, is very short on original work. Most of the directions are for flowers that have been done better by other authors, or that are simple variations on a boat leaf used as a petal. For each of these variations, detailed directions are unnecessarily repeated, presumably in an effort to pad a pamphlet's worth of material into a chapter.
The history section is particularly poor; it is disorganized and confused, and contains some gross factual errors. Nitschke states that the Romans brought silk to France after they invaded Gaul in the 14th century. In fact, Julius Caesar invaded Gaul in the 1st century B.C. and the Romans did not produce silk. These kinds of errors make this book useless as a reference.
The majority of this smug and self-referential book celebrates the author, her life history, her work, and her studies, which apparently did not include much history. It has lots of vacation photos of the author in France and of her business, workroom, garden, and home. Many are apparently pointless and none merit the purchase price of the book.
"A Passion For Ribbonry' has directions for some novel flowers, particularly the beautiful and realistic lupines, and it boasts photos of attractively designed hats. Those who don't believe there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to feminine frills may like the interior design section.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frost on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I like this book. Or, rather, I *really* like everything thatcomes after page 68. The first 68 pages, however, gives us anot-so-brief overview on the history of ribbonry in fashion ....We're also treated to beautiful photos of the author's work, whereI've discovered her love for the combination of pink and green.... but as the title of this book states _A PASSION for Ribbonry_,perhaps the purpose of this book was to talk about the author'sdevotion to ribbons and ribbonwork.
The rest of the book dealsmostly with flowers, and I find the instructions to be very clear,with clear photos illustrating each step. I like Ms. Nitschke'sinstructions; I first encountered her in Threads Magazine, in herarticle on cockades. There is also a quilt featuring the flowers onthe quilt blocks. There are also brief instructions on other ribbontreatments, specifically gathering and pleating.
Would I buy anotherbook by this author? Probably. Would I refer to this book often?Again, probably. I really like the creative possibilities she showsutilizing the ribbon flowers, and the instructions are clear andsimple.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Schenecker on April 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think this is a wonderful book. I have most of the books on ribbon flowers and each one has something to offer that the other doesn't have. The instructions are very good and easy to follow. Camela gets into ribbon folding techniques that are not in the other books and I find that very interesting and useful in decorating. She gives directions for more unusual flowers and these are very nice to use in mixed floral bouquets. This beautiful book is a must for any one that loves to do ribbon flowers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ribbon flowers are just fascinating to me. I have seen quite a few books on the subject, but my favorite is "A Passion for Ribbonry". Camela has included beautiful flowers and concise directions. I have completed several of the flowers (starting with the cabochon rose) and have found the directions complete and easy to follow. I am very pleased with the natural look of all the flowers. Some of the other ribbon books produce flowers which look crushed and old, but not this one! Plus, she doesn't confuse you with formulas. I would highly recommend "A Passion for Ribbonry" for a beginner or a more experienced sewer. Way to go Camela! Great job!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book, I do not care if all history is correct, I have received many hours of enjoyment just looking at the wonderful pictures and the flowers I made went together quickly and the directions were easy to follow. That is why I buy this type of book.
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