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Biography and General Information about RibbonSmyth
As author of "The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon
Embroidery" and "The New Ribbon Embroidery", I am in the midst of
designing two more titles, which will be devoted entirely to surface
embellishment and mixed media techniques.
The books will be project and technique based structured in the
format of my first two books.
I teach a variety of surface embellishment techniques. I developed two lines of Victorian Rubber Stamp Alphabets
that I adapted from a 1729 English Cottage Alphabet book; that when
combined with our water-erasable stamp pad ink, makes a perfect
transfer onto fabric.
was fortunate to aid in the development of the ink with the Japanese
company. The ink is heirloom
safe and will not damage fibers.
any rubber stamp can be used as an embroidery template!
Quilters have found this technique a boost to their creativity. The
stamp pad ink is heirloom safe.
I currently deliver a lecture and slide presentation developed around my
time spent at the world famous House of Lesage in Paris, receiving my
couture beading and embroidery certification.
According to Monsieur Lesage, I’m the only American to photograph
over a 130 years of couture textile samples.
I was fortunate to spend the day with him, recording his thoughts
and memories of a lifetime spent in the Couture world.
The House of Lesage is responsible for 85% of all beading and
embroidery that grace the world’s most famous couture collections.
I deliver the lecture in a beaded flapper gown and 1920’s flower
I also develop and teach workshops and classes in silk ribbon embroidery,
ribbon work, wire-edge ribbons, crazy quilt embellishing, burned silk
appliqué, punch needle, microwave fabric and ribbon dyeing, foiling
fabric, marbleizing, stamping on fabric, ribbon weaving and mixed media
techniques. I conduct these
workshops nationally and internationally as well as in my studio, here at
“Shrieking Tree Farm”.
References and Fee Schedule are available upon request.
you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me
Victoria Adams Brown, the
internationally known author of "The Complete Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery" and "The New Ribbon Embroidery" is the proprietress of the RibbonSmyth Studio. Although taught to embroider at the age of seven, she first discovered silk ribbon embroidery while visiting the UK. One morning her breakfast partner from Australia, shared her daughter’s wedding photos with Victoria. The entire bridal party’s gowns were all embellished with silk ribbon embroidery. Immediately smitten,
Victoria soon received supplies from Australia , after exhausting every haberdashery in England, and began her embellishment journey.
A native Texan, who happens to live in Pennsylvania, she has a BFA in advertising art and marketing and has been creating since the first time her mother gave her a box of crayons and a coloring book. Before discovering silk ribbon embroidery, Brown owned a manufacturing company that produced over 200 of her designs for the juvenile apparel industry. She has been designing product and projects for the Creative Industry for the past 18 years. Her designs appear in a variety of magazines
and she appears in videos and on Television shows.
conducts classes at trade shows and guilds all over the country. Her popular classes yielded students that continually voiced their frustration in their
inability to locate quality ribbons and supplies.
With that in mind,
RibbonSmyth was created to fill all the stitchers requirements . Brown's Victorian studio, located at “Shrieking Tree Farm”, the farm she shares with
her husband and a menagerie of animals in beautiful Bucks County, PA., was designed to accommodate classes and workshops. Victoria Magazine has produced special events at her studio as well as The Cross-Stitcher Magazine.
The studio was decorated with vintage textiles and an abundance of models to inspire class attendees. The RibbonSmyth Emporium is filled with ribbons, fibers, beads and
accessories. Constantly inhabited by the feline proprietress Holly and her son Wally, who stitch poorly but snooze divinely among fabric-filled baskets, they lazily await your visit. But if you are unable to visit our Emporium, we hope you can enjoy your visit to our all new, glorious web-site where you can sample a bit of RibbonSmyth.
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