Not that I needed more rickrack. I already have a little drawer filled with the stuff. (Technically, it's a half-drawer. The left side contains zippers):
I was about to need hilarious because 1. I was soon to be in mourning, and 2. I was soon to make a bad decision on one of my pieces involving 1" squares. It was this piece, a block leftover from a large quilt.
Freemotion feathers are hard. My odds improve only if I practice for a substantial amount of time for many weeks, and then again for at least a half-hour IMMEDIATELY before doing the final feathers, plus mark the quilt. (More feathers advice here.)
It's also a big mistake to make feathers when sad.
My beautiful mother was 90, and she died peacefully at the end of January, soon after my friend brought the rickrack. Mom had advanced dementia for many years; I believe that her passing was a liberation for her and she is reunited with my dad and with the family she lost in the Holocaust. Even so, it's shocking and miserable. In hindsight, impulse feathers are not good way to distract yourself in the week following a loss of this magnitude.
I know, that doesn't look too bad, but I won't show you the closeups. OK, I will. Some of the details were so awful that I tried to use a black pen on them. As they said in Watergate, it's not the crime, it's the coverup.
A couple of weeks later, when I was breathing better, I ripped out the feathers. I also cut off the buttons in the central area. Then, I seized my new rickrack, cut little pieces to the same width as the squares (1" finished), applied Fray Check to the cut ends, and glued them onto selected squares. (There are also French knots on the squares).
This made me wonder what else I had used rickrack for in past. Attempting to search my files, I started to wonder what the best spelling for rickrack might be.What about rick rack, or ric rac? Like Tic Tacs?
I found this mixed media "100 Cups of Coffee on the Wall" quilt (blogged here), onto which I'd dipped lengths of rickrack into fabric stiffener, then stitched them to the left side of the quilt,
...and more white rick rack on the next one....
It's right above the silver bugle beads, below, held on with glue and pink transparent beads.
here. I used a huge, chunky rickrack as both embellishment....
Here's a denim vessel made from a torn pants leg. I circled the top with a piece of vintage lace that incorporated fancy embroidered twisted rickrack.
Women of yore were ambitious with their rickrack. Someone crocheted, twisted, and knotted this trim by hand, no? Or do you think a machine did this? Yes, those pink and white stripes in the middle are rickrack, wound together.
And then, just this week, I happened to visit Quilt'n'Things, a lovely quilt shop in Glendale, and they had a shelf full of rickrack in bright colors and gigantic sizes. But I didn't see any quilts with the rickrack.
If you're yearning for more rickrack ideas, here's a link to a Pinterest page full of ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/rickrack/.
What are you doing with rickrack? I'd love to hear about it!