I thought it would be most appropriate for my first new offering of the year to be RIBBONS OF HOPE. It's the next design in the ribbon series (the first one being the tan & aqua RIBBONS OF HARMONY I showed you a few months ago) and my new design looks like this:
I was soooo "tickled pink" that the Caron Collection came out with a beautiful new variegated pink thread color last year called "Primrose" (248) because it was perfect for this project! I especially liked the colorway of "Primrose" because it contains all types of pinks - from a coral blush to a zingy magenta. I chose to use a basic pink palette for my model, but you could certainly pick out a coral version or even a darker magenta version.
I stitched three of my most favorite "fat ribbon" patterns (i.e.: ones that are wide enough to do allow some really fun loopy-de-loop fancywork stitching with metallic ribbon threads, beads and the usual assortment of pearl cottons)....
I also planned the ribbon design so that it included special pink ribbons sprinkled throughout the design. Can you spot the little pink Very Velvet ribbons in the first big ribbon?
How about the middle ribbon?
And then again in the big ribbon on the right?
In this ribbon design, I've included some big gold beads with the pattern that I've used very sparingly. But there are LOTS of other places that smaller, secondary beads could be added, if you so desire.
This design was a very fun one to stitch and I enjoyed it immensely! In any case, as a breast cancer survivor myself (6+ years), this RIBBON OF HOPE pattern holds a very special place in my designing heart, and I'm very happy to share it with you. Please visit my website if you're interested in ordering it....
Also, in a personal aside: I'd like to highly recommend that you visit www.thebreastcancersite.com and click on the "Free Mammogram for Women" space, so you can give free mammograms to women who need them. I have the website on my Favorites list, and go there every day to add my click to the tally. It's a fast and easy way to make a difference in someone's life.