Be Afraid!

rickrack

Oh, yes, for nefarious reasons of my own I have purchased TWO HUNDRED YARDS of rick-rack trim (from Threadart, on eBay).

Why? Well, that's for me to know, and you to find out, as the elementary-school kids say. Let's just say that if it works it will be dreadful and exhilarating in equal amounts. I hope.

If you turn up your computer speakers you'll be able to hear my evil-genius cackling.

Don't worry, though. I have no plans to blow up the moon. At this time.

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  1. Oh! I just loooooooooooove rick rack. Did you know you can make great sleeves of it by tacking together the peaks, row after row? That’s if you enjoy hand stitching.Reminds me of a mustard colored circular Mexican skirt I used to have when I was a kid with rows and rows of rick rack (sigh)!K Q:-)

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  2. I LOVE rick rack. Absolutely adore it. I’ve been known to buy things–clothing, pillows, etc.–just because they were decorated with rick rack. So have fun with it. But remember to use your powers only for good, Erin!

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  3. Hi there, love your blog, scary there are other people like me out there. I bought 30 yards of POM POMS on eBay recently, eek. Brown. And when it arrived, it smelled, yuk. And it was kind of funky, nothing I could use on clothing. And the poms were attached to the trim with wire, it was bizarre. Oh well, live and learn. LOVE your rick rack!!!

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  4. I just saw an eBay listing for a rather un-PC-named item called a “squaw apron”. I think they were referring to the Southwestern-style colored trim. Anyway, it was a full-circle tie-on overskirt kind of thing with a big ruffle and loads of colored rick-rack trim. It was gorgeous. I didn’t buy it since it was just a Fifties gathered skirt without the back seam closed, but I did swipe the picture for future reference.

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  5. Erin, you are indeed a fount of every blessing. I have rolls of rick-rack in my sewing closet. I’ve used a mere fraction of the stuff and was just thinking that I’d better include its distribution in my will so the children wouldn’t fight over it. Then along comes your, as usual, excellent example. I await your dreadful exhilaratingness with bated breath.

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  6. Well, I would do scalloped hems on everything I owned until the end of time, if I had 200 yards of rick-rack, but presumably you’re doing something a little more in-depth than that.

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  7. Squaw skirts, as they were called in the 50s, were quite popular and often had a matching top. The sets were called patio sets. And yes, they were almost always decorated with rick-rack!

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  8. My hubby hates rick rack so I’ve never let him know how much I have squirreled away for the perfect opportunity. I can’t resist buying it! I can hardly wait to see what you are up to.

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  9. Holy spools batman! I’m very jealous of the amount you scored…Was this on ebay? Care to share your source.. hmm?I found tiny rolls of cream chenille ric-rac two years ago and really quickly ran out.

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  10. I implore you to think clearly for a moment, and do not, I repeat, do not deploy the rick rack on anything that will have to be ironed…have you ever ironed clothing, curtains, etc. trimmed in rick rack? No iron is pointy enough to uncurl rick rack…

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  11. I also had that Mexican circle skirt with rick-rack that Kate had. I used it to be a gypsy on Halloween for about five years straight.Looking forward to what you do!

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  12. Heh. Our Erin is going to rickrack and ruin!I can’t wait.And I sympathise; I have rolls and rolls of lace; my feeling is that it’s always better with lace …

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  13. I love rick rack, too. Every Christmas, I make my poor nieces holiday dresses and I have yet to pass up the opportunity to add rick rack to them. And the fluffy floor pillows and tote bags and doll clothes and aprons. What’s not to love? I have a big box now of rick rack that I bought on sale for a rainy day. I am quite jealous of your haul!

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  14. Oh, woe is me when I read your blog late at night and can’t giggle out loud for fear of waking up the neighbors. I am so fond of your blog BECAUSE I get the giggles reading it. All the rick rack puns just did me in this time! I have a large bag full of all cotton rick rack in fiesta colors: purple, green, hot pink, yellow, red, and turquoise, with matching ball fringe. I think I bought 10 yards of each. I wandered around the store–not a big store–while they were being measured and cut, hearing snatches of the clerks’ speculations about what “she’s going to make? I bet it’s one of those Mexican tiered skirts.” They were disappointed when I said that I had no idea what I would do with it. I just wanted it because it was cotton and the ball fringe matched. I think I washed the rick rack to pre-shrink it. It’s very curly now, all 60 yards of it. I’ll let you know when I use it: I can’t wait until I hear what YOU are making!

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