I haven't been doing this crafty thing too long, but I have been sharing some of my creations (coupla flowers and a sash) with a woman who designs AWESOME ribbon and textiles...and she blogged me! You can see her comments at http://lfntextiles.blogspot.com/ . I first found her ribbon when I was searching for something with a Suzani print. I am really interested in eastern embroidery.
Here's the amazing thing about Suzani textiles: they have been produced by tradition for centuries in Uzbekistan (remember Borat?) When a girl is born in this central Asian region, work immediately begins on around four elaborate cotton, wool, or silk tapestries that will become part of her dowry when she marries. Sadly, these incredibly colorful and intricate and HUGE antique fabrics can be purchased all over Ebay for a song. I'm sure it's an indication of the need of the people in that impoverished land. Want to learn more about Suzani? Check out Knitting Letters A-Z at http://unionpurl.blogspot.com/2009/02/s-is-for-suzani.html#links.
Anyhow, this gave me a real lift. Check out ribbon from Laura at http://www.lfntextiles.com/ or visit her Etsy at lfntextiles.etsy.com. Have a great day, and check out other Suzanis to see the incredible range of work and color.