Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot. 
Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!

I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.

I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.

It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.

Banksia Flower

Banksia flower spike (inflorescence ) before anthesis
Last week you all wanted to know more about the banksia pod so here are some shots of the banksia flower in it's various lifecycle stages and the tree it comes from. It's been a long week and the shots really deserved more attention then I have the wherewithal to give them so here they are no cropping, no colour correction or brightening. They were all taken using my trusty 55mm-250mm lens.

Banksia flower spike viewed from above

New banksia flower and a spent banksia flower (or cone)

Banksia flower spike after anthesis

Banksia - new leaf growth

Banksia branch with flower spikes

Banksia flower spikes

Spent and dried banksia flower - this 'cone' did not fruit and form seeds

Young banksia tree

A large banksia tree in full bloom

Banksia tree

I made an attempt at determining which species of banksia this particular form is, however I it was beyond my abilities to determine narrow it down to just one.


  1. Beautiful shots Stella, what a pretty flower! - Tasha

  2. such an interesting flower, they remind me of corn on the cob or Christmas decorations hanging there!

  3. What an unusual looking flower, pretty in an weird way

  4. banksias are one of my fave plants. i adore them; they feel so australian. tho i do have scary memories of reading snugglepot and cuddlepie when i was a child and being terrified by the banksia men. Merry XMas stella!

  5. These are beautifully captured. They made me think of the red hot pokers we used to have in the garden when I was a child. Although not the same colour they have a similar form

  6. Woooo, thank you for that. Love the symmetry.
    Merry Christmas.

  7. What a great set of photos, quite unusual

    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas

    Thank you for linking up

  8. Interesting...
    Have a nice week !

  9. What a peculiar looking flower. It looks like a rather large bottle brush. I love the second picture, which (to me) looks like a strange looking sea anemone.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


  10. What a fabulous looking flower


  11. What an interesting looking flower - lovely to see what it looks like after last week's photo of the seed pod :-)

  12. Those are stunning! Thank you for sharing them again so we can see what they look like all year round


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