Ribbon Storage

Hello to all you lovely readers…

I have something slightly different from the usual ‘How to make…’ blog posts that I usually share with you. I have been organising my workspace recently… because frankly it was getting out of hand! The organising is going well and I can now find things when I need them which is always a good start! πŸ˜€ The problem that I found was I couldn’t find the perfect solution for my ribbons and after endless searching my partner, Tom, created a unit that was perfect for what I needed.

I wanted something that allowed me to store all of my ribbons together in a neat and tidy solution where my ribbons wouldn’t uncoil or roll away! I didn’t want the rolls of ribbon to hang from a pole and I wanted the unit to be able to mount to the wall but be able to take it with me to shows and demos. You can see the final result below… isn’t it beautiful?! All my crafting friends that have seen it, love it and he has been taking orders… so much so, he has decided to build these handmade custom storage units on request… I’ve included a link to his new Ebay store where you can custom order your very own! This one shown below is a 600 mm (60cm) wide rack and is perfect for my space but he can make them in different widths too! πŸ˜€

Ribbon Shelf Rack with Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Here is where you can custom order your very own ribbon rack…



Why I didn’t want the rolls of ribbon to solely hang from poles or dowels…

I knew that this wouldn’t work for me as most of the time, I like to choose the ribbon roll colour that I think I need and hold it in place over what I’m creating to test that I like the look…Β  I usually do this with a couple of different ribbon colours to see what works best and then will commit to the one I like the look of and cut the length that I need. Also, how frustrating would it be when the roll of ribbon in the middle ran out and had to be replaced?!

Ribbon Shelf Rack easy to use - Craft Storage SolutionsCreating a unit that is transportable for shows…

Tom set up and drilled a secure bracket on my studio wall and the unit easily hooks on and off the bracket so I can take it away to shows with me but then easily hang it back on the bracket when I return, freeing up valuable desk space!

I requested that I could have removable dowels so that when I was taking the ribbon rack along to a show, I could slot the dowels through and this would keep all the ribbons together neatly during transport and makes them easier to work with at the shows too. You can see from the photo below that the poles slide in from the right side. I remove the dowels when I am back to work in my studio!

Ribbon Shelf Rack with Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Ribbons with different sized center holes can be stored on the unit…

I mostly used Berisfords ribbon as they are superb quality and manufactured in the UK but I do have other brands and sometimes these have a different sized centre hole. Usually they are roughly the same size of reel though.. approximately 103mm / 4 inches diameter.

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Larger reels can be stored on the open top shelf…

I have a few rolls of ribbon that are a larger reel size so I needed an area to store these. Tom created me an open shelf on the top so that these unusual sized ribbons could sit here. It was his idea to add the top decorative piece with the cut out heart… I absolutely love it!

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Here is my rack and you can see the dowels slot in as required…

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Various options for the decorative top piece…

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Ribbon Shelf Rack With Dowels - Craft Storage Solutions

Below is my first ribbon shelf painted in Vintage Matt White… is it terrible that I need two?! I think I might have a ribbon addiction! πŸ˜‰

2015 UPDATE: I now have four of these wonderful ribbon racks… definitely addicted!!

Vintage white ribbon unit without Dowels - Craft Storage SolutionsΒ Thanks so much Tom… you’re a superstar! πŸ˜€

He’s going to build me an embossing powder rack next… I’ll have to share an image of this once it’s complete as I’m sure it will be equally lovely! He will take custom orders too so if you have an idea for a storage solution that would make your life easier, then just let him know.

This is a link to the ribbon shelf



Hobbycrafts at the NEC eye candy…

Hello to you all,

I just thought I would share some lovely photo’s from the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC last weekend. I had a really great time demonstrating on the Friday afternoon! πŸ˜€

Here I am in action…

This is my Wedding Stationery Set on display! πŸ˜€

And here are some other photo’s of the stand and the Wow Embossing Powder Design Team fabulous creations…