February, 1995 In Artisans' Hands Ribbons Rich and Rare
Contributing Editor Zoe Clark Karro
Contributing Writer Mary Forsell
A Legacy of Designs
"In the 1920's every room of the house rustled with shimmering silks and taffeta ribbons - they adorned lampshades, became curtain tiebacks, decorated crazy quilts. Ribbonry was the darling of competent needlewomen everywhere, and publishers produced ribbon books galore.
Fortunately, their legacy lives on, providing a guidepost for a whole new generation of artisans. Liz Dircksen is one. Her California company, Angelsea, not only offers a vast selection of vintage ribbons but creates many that look old-fashioned but are actually new - jacquards embroidered with grapevines and silks seemingly plucked from a fairy-tale gown. Indeed, the idea for the gossamer jewel box did come from a fairy tale. "I set out to make a magic box based on a painting in one of my children's books," says Liz. "I hand-dyed a piece of silk sea green for the skirt and made the mauve petals of the water lily from some silk charmeuse. The lid of the box is woven grosgrain."