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    Super Member orangeroom's Avatar
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    Is anyone else not a fan?

    Maybe it's because it was in a clown costume my mom made me when I was younger. Whenever I see or hear about rick rack, I only think of clowns!

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    I like rickrack because I remember aprons with a row or two of it at the bottom and around the pockets. Isn't it funny what our childhood memories do to our likes and dislikes as adults? And how did rickrack get its name anyhow, what a strange word.

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    Sorry I love it I use it for lots of things , add it quilts in applique edges of things bottom of tea towels , I just extended a little skirt for my grand daughter putting a frill to the bottom and covered up the stitching line with ric rac . Cathy

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    Well I guess I'm not a big fan of it either, for the same reason. Mom put it on everything to pretty it up. I use it but not very often. I think the really wide looks cute for flower stems on applique and thats about the only way I'd use it.

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    I love rick rack, too, but it has to be used in the right way. The big rick rack is really cool but I haven't bought any yet. It reminds me of Heidi.

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    I love rick rack.... it just makes me thing of all things homey and comfy. Sorry about the clown experience... clowns in general creep me out. That one might just be hard to get over! haha!!

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    I love rick rack.... it just makes me thing of all things homey and comfy. Sorry about the clown experience... clowns in general creep me out. That one might just be hard to get over! haha!!

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    I love rick rack.... it just makes me thing of all things homey and comfy. Sorry about the clown experience... clowns in general creep me out. That one might just be hard to get over! haha!!
    OMG oops...sorry for triple post! How did I do THAT?!!! *blush*

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    Does anyone remember the ear rings made from rick rack? Probably back in early 60's or maybe late 50's. The rick rack was gathered on a string into a circle and then ear ring back was glued on. I remember my Mom having several pairs.

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    I like to use rick rack with baby quilts or burp cloths. Other than that I don't use it! I think it certainly has it's place, it really can adorn an item. It needs to be used tactfully though.

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    I like to use ric rac on Grandma fan blocks. I also use it alot to decorate crayon fabric rolls, it can make a really nice embelishment. I do know what you mean about reminding you of clown customes my Mom sewned beautiful ones for me & my sibling and all the ruffled cuffs & collors were edged in ric rac. It comes in beautiful colors and different widths now which makes it great to use. Try it again you may like it! LOL

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    Thank you for posting a picture with it. If others want to do that as well, I look forward to your rick rack projects.

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    I work with a quilt ministry to make baby quilts and one of the members brought in a huge ziploc bag filled with rickrack, all colors all widths. I had purchased a couple yards of a cotton fabric with a very busy row pattern. I sandwiched a yard of the fabric with backing and batting and I used yards and yards of the rickrack to machine quilt over the rows....instant baby quilts. I've been a fan of rickrack ever since.....and the 2 quilts I made barely made a dent in the bag of rickrack....I see a lot of them in my future.

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    to me, rick rack = 1950's. I remember my mom sewing with it.

    Nothing like rick rack to add that "made by loving hands at home" touch to your home-sewn clothes!!

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    I love rick rack and especially like to take two pieces in different colors (all cotton rick rack works best) and wrap it together. It makes a wonderful trim for bags, totes, pillows, etc. I learned this technique in my local quilt shop class and used on the quilt we are learning to make.

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    Nope, not a big fan of it either. I do use it occasionally tho.

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    I love rick rack used in the appropriate setting....you can have too much of a good thing haha. I love it because it reminds of a lot of retro stuff and I'm totally into retro :)

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    I have seen vintage linens finished with white Rick Rack and crochet to make pretty edges. Rick Rack on Seminole piecework looks right in place. Rick Rack insertion works.

    It does have a nostalgic feel and I love it on old aprons, curtains and children's and summer clothing.

    A pretty use for Rick Rack is to insert in the edges of quilted projects, like prairie points. I think it would be a very effective finish for table mats and toppers, especially with curved edges. I like the large and the tiny versions best. I think showing only half the Rick Rack takes the 'curse' away a bit.

    Some crafters are making very sophisticated, yet cute, flowers
    from gathered Rick Rack. It's hard to update something with such a nostalgic tradition, isn't it, but nostalgia buffs enjoy it--especially the young.

    http://trocasdelinhas.blogspot.com/2...sso-passo.html Shows a tutorial for two-toned blossoms--Portuguese but the pictures are self-explanitory.

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    Like I love this quilt with the rick rack...not crazy about the yellow border but you get the idea :)
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    I've always loved Ric-Rac! Especially cotton which is harder to find than the polyester.
    Maureen

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    Like I love this quilt with the rick rack...not crazy about the yellow border but you get the idea :)
    It's a PERFECT example of Rick Rack! Exuberant, colorful and I like the yellow border. Rather gives 'the bird' to QuiltPolice...

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    I like it when very little is used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappycat
    I love rick rack.... it just makes me thing of all things homey and comfy. Sorry about the clown experience... clowns in general creep me out. That one might just be hard to get over! haha!!
    I find clowns a little creepy, too. But I don't mind ric rack if "used thoughtfully." (To quote Tim Gunn.)

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    I personally don't use it. I think I was over-saturated as a child. Darn it.

    ali

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    I love rickrack for it's nostalgia effect, but never seem, to use it. What is it that people THINK kids should love about clowns? Most kids are terrified of them. I'm a children's librarian and steer clear of them for all programing, (clowns, not children)

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