Whenever visiting a second-hand store, I look for sewing notions. My girls and I collect them but have no real plan for their use. We just like the look!
Molly loves zippers, Sarah goes for buttons and I adore rick rack!
There's just something about it--especially the name!
The zig-zaggyness is delightful! The colors are luscious and it comes in all sizes from teeny tiny to fat and juicy!
When I began making the Never Ending Christmas Craft with vintage Dresden plate quilt circles, the plan was to just zig zag it on the fabric with contrasting thread. But I wasn't satisfied with the effect--just not enough zig in the zag! Then I remembered the box of rick rack stashed away with other useless, but neat stuff I had cluttered the closets with this summer, and dug it out!
I love the way it dressed up the edges--this wreath reminded me of a gingerbread house when I was (finally) finished.
The real treat was in the label. First off, this particular package of rick rack only cost 15 cents, vs. the modern package, which is over 2.00. Thankfully, it is colorfast--no worries of the color running and spoiling your new creation! It is 100 percent cotton--Modern day version is polyester.
When I flipped over the label, look what I found!
Patterns for a spiffy "Pixie" beach cape and matching bag or clever suspenders to perk up your sports costume!
How old is this stuff anyway!
If you want to know more about rick rack, click here. It used to be hand crocheted. I can't imagine....
If you're interested in viewing more vintage thingies, and to show off your own, visit the Colorado Lady and sign up with Mr. Linky--do it. It's fun!