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Costume Department Ribbon Pansy Workshop

Beautiful ribbon flowers and leaves decorate hats and costumes.

Thanks to a generous donor who asked that their donation go to the benefit of the Costume Department of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the department was able to sponsor a Workshop with Margaret Phillips on how to create ribbon pansies and leaves in several different styles. These ribbon flowers are used to decorate hats, costumes and other period accessories. Participants used scissors, ball head pins, ruler and tape measure, pencil, a notebook and a chalk marker in learning to create their flowers and leaves.

Ms. Phillips has an Advanced Diploma in Design and Embroidery as well as a Certificate in Textile Design with the City and Guilds of London. She has studied and enjoyed ribbon work for over 20 years, and is still discovering new uses and designs for this wonderful textile. Ms. Phillips loves textiles, and has been a seamstress, weaver, lace maker, fiber artist and costumer. We are honored to welcome her to the Site. If you want to learn more about her work visit her website Vintage Passementerie. 

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