Sunday, October 7, 2007

ribbon paradise

I was in Chicago over the weekend and stopped in to see Maili Powell, who owns what must be the best ribbon and trimmings store in the country, SOUTACHE. Glory glory glory -- she has a full wall of ribbons, shelves laden with bottles of buttons, drawers with buckles and other findings (eyeglass holders! dog leash attachments!) for things to make with ribbon. Lovely bulletin boards full of glam magazine clippings providing up to the minute fashion & color trending for embellishment. Maili makes wonderful objets d'art of ribbon and teaches classes in how to do these things.

Of course she carries most of the LFN Textiles ribbons. Look at the veggies ribbons in the display details --- and the yellow poppies against the aqua wall. Soutache also carries a great number of Renaissance Ribbons.

No website yet (too busy frilling the world) but Soutache is at 2125 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, (which is full of wonderful & original shops) 773-292-9110.

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