Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Free Design and Pattern - Sewing Set

Sewing Set

Stitches Used: 
 Lazy Daisy, French Knots, Ribbon Stitch, Detached Chain, Whipped
Chain Stitch.

Materials: Equipment – Embroidery Hoops 100 and 150 mm. 
Chenille - Size 22 and 20    Crewel - Size 8     Beading Needle.
 Pellon, Wadding and Sewing Thread.
Cream Damask, Backing Fabric, Felt, Plastic Insert.

Ribbons: Mauve 7 mm. For Large Flower, 4 mm. Teal for flowers and vine,
Gold 4 mm. For Fern, Burgundy 4 mm. For small daisy.

Threads: Teal – Lazy Daisy Leaves and Vine plus Pincushion wrap.
Teal and Gold thread also combined for French Knots in Large Daisy. 
Gold for Fern, Metallic Gold thread for Needle.

Beads: Yellow Glass Beads for Teal Flowers, Bronze for Small Daisies.

Buttons: 3 – Self Covering Buttons for Pincushion and Book.

Charm: 1 – Bee Charm for Pincushion.

 Pre-Wash all Ribbons, Dry and Iron on Low Silk Setting. Cut a piece
of Lightweight Wadding or Pellon the size of the designs for both items
or 1 item if you are only making one item 
( Add this to the fabric once all your Thread Work has been completed,
 otherwise it makes it too difficult for stitching. 
Centres of Mauve Daisies - Place the small piece of fabric provided in the
smaller hoop and mark with a water erasable pen ( 2) circles 1 cm. Diameter.
Refer to Cosmos Tutorial 
With 2 strands of Teal + 1 strand of gold cotton thread, fill these circles with
French Knots. After completing both remove from the hoop and cut them out
leaving just under 1 cm. border around the knots. With matching sewing
thread and small tacking stitches, gather this up and stitch underneath the
knots ( best to have double thread for strength). 
This forms the button for the centre of the daisy. Keep aside until you
have completed the other ribbon embroidery.

Taking a water erasable pen or chalk, trace the design through from the
pattern sheet provided. Should you not have a Light box, a well lit window
will also do the trick. Tape your pattern to the window and place the fabric

Enlarge to A4 size

Embroidery Instructions: 
       1.   First work the gold stems in Stem Stitch and Lazy Daisy Leaves. 
2.    Stem Stitch the branch of the Gold Ribbon Fern, which is in the
 same colour thread. 
3. Teal thread Stem Stitch the word "Needleusing 2 Strands
 of Teal Thread for the Chain Stitch and then whipped with 1 Strand
of Metallic Gold. 

4. The actual needle emblem is Stem Stitched, with an open
Lazy Daisy Stitch for the eye of the Needle.
Now that all the Thread Work is completed, place the fabric with wadding
attached into the larger hoop. Progress to the ribbons.
1. The small daisies are worked in 4 mm. Burgundy Ribbon
 in a circle. Place a bronze bead in the centre when finished.
 Thread on 4 mm. Teal Ribbon and complete
all of the blue flowers in Detached Chain Stitch
then add the yellow glass beads. 
2. Continue with the Gold Leaves in Ribbon Stitch.
 Lastly with the 7 mm. Mauve Ribbon work the Ribbon Stitches 
in a circle around the centre marking.  
( The Cosmos Tutorial will aid in positioning each petal).
 At times some stitches maybe crossing over another which adds to
the effect. At this time you can add the French Knot Button you 
have made earlier, make sure your Fabric is in the
 hoop and give the double sewing cotton a firm pull,
 so it sits snuggly against your ribbon. On the pincushion
add the Bee Charm sitting on the Mauve daisy using thread
 to match the mauve ribbon so the stitching will not show.

Enlarge to A 4 Size

Making Up: 
Cut out all pieces of Damask and backing Fabric. 
Overlock all the edges.
 Mark the Centre of the Circle with erasable pen on the top
embroidery piece.
 With right side faces stitch the two together, leaving a
6 cm. Opening. 
Turn back to right sides out. Fill with fibre fill or wadding.
Slip Stitch the opening closed, with Cream Thread once you 
are satisfied that you have enough filling.
 Keep in mind that the cotton will push it down slightly. 
Using the Teal Thread, ( Use direct from the Skein as you need to
have it as one piece. ) 
all 6 Strands and the Chenille Needle, wrap the cushion as
 illustrated taking it from the centre marking to the outside and
keep the thread firm as you go.
 Tie off firmly at the Centre Back.
 The buttons will cover this. Make up the self covering buttons
 and add 2 to the Pincushion, keeping it firm, 
using a double strand of Sewing Thread.

Cut Fabric to outer measurement 17 cms or 6 3/4 Inches
Cut Plastic to inner measurement 14.5 cms or 5 3/4 inches.
This may need to be trimmed slightly.

Needle Case: Wrong Sides facing machine Stitch them together leaving a
13 cm. Opening bottom back page edge. Turn right side out. Cut Plastic
Insert the size of Fabric and then cut into 2 pieces, rounded at the edges.
Place these inside between the two layers and close with slip stitch in Cream
Sewing Thread. Cut Pages for the Needle Case from the Felt with Pinking
Shears if available. Place these inside the cover and with Cream Thread,
machine stitch down the Centre of the pages. ( You may if you wish, before
doing this, embroider the types of needles for each page eg. Beading,
Chenille, Crewel ) Stitch the 3 rd, Covered button to the Centre edge of the
Back Cover of the Needlecase and with the Teal Thread make a loop for the
button to keep it closed.

Carol Daisy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Free Design Field of Daisies

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Project

Pincushions – Field of Daisies


For a Detailed pattern refer to Forever Spring Pin Cushion

( Pattern not included, the daisies can be worked freehand )
Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Ribbon Stitch and French Knots.

Materials: Equipment – 100 mm. ( 4” ) Embroidery Hoop with option of
150 mm. ( 6 “ ) Hoop.
Chenille and  Crewel Needles 
Silk Dupion, Panne Velvet, Braid, Plastic insert and backing fabric.
 Sewing Thread, Wadding and  Pellon.

Ribbons: Assortment of 4 mm. Ribbons for Flowers and Bees.

Threads: Green Thread for Stems and Lazy Daisy Leaves, Yellow for Daisy Centres,
Dark Yellow for body of Bees, Black for Bee Stripes, Eyes and Stinger.

Instructions: Pre-wash all Ribbons. Dry and iron on a Low Silk Setting. Cut a piece
of Pellon larger than the size of the embroidery area to enable you to fit
this in the hoop. Using tacking stitches add this to the back of your fabric.
With a chalk or water erasable pen, mark an area of 30 cm. Long and 5 cm.
High for your area to embroider.

Daisies: Mark areas first if you wish, or do it as you progress. The circle for the full
daisies should be between 1 cm.and  1.5 cm. Diameter. Work small ribbon
stitches in a circular pattern within the ring, leaving a small area free in the
centre. As the stitches are so small take care to spread the ribbon after
bringing the needle back up to the front. This will help to give a fuller petal,
than if the ribbon is slightly twisted. You can achieve different shapes in the
petals by the way that you pull the ribbon. Pull directly down, it will be
slightly rounded at the tip. Pull the ribbon from underneath to the right, gently
and the petal will have more of a point. Always put your finger on the petal
as you are pulling the needle through the fabric. This helps to shape the petal
and you can feel the ribbon sliding through, and gives you a guide so you
don't pull too tightly and loose the shape. If you have pulled too far, take the
top of a needle and lift it slightly, you will see the petal tip come back up.

( This is just a case of experiment to achieve a different look and
this design is open to experiment. Just remember you are not making a
replica of a flower, and every flower in a nature is not perfect. )

French Knots in the paler yellow, 2 strands and doing 3 wraps.
Fabric In Hoop – Ribbon Stitches and  French Knots.
Fabric out of Hoop – Lazy Daisy Stitch, Stem Stitch and Satin Stitch.

Buds: Work small buds of 1- 3 Ribbon Stitches, with small Lazy Daisy Stitches
on each side. Larger buds can be made also and even some drooping

Stems: Once you have completed all the flowers, proceed with 1 Strand of the Green
thread and stem stitch all the stems and scatter leaves from the stems and
between the daisy petals.
Bees: With Darker Yellow Thread, 2 Strands make small straight stitches ( Satin
Stitch ) in body shape. One Strand of Black Thread make approx. 3 stripes
on the body, a small French Knot for the eye and stinger. Using White ribbon
2 small Ribbon Stitches in a V shape.

Using matching Sewing Thread hand stitch the braid to the material. Trim the fabric
back to 35 cm length x 12 cm deep. Place the backing fabric behind the pellon to
protect your stitches and stitch this on. Zig Zag or Overlock the edges. Machine stitch
the fabric, wrong sides facing, leaving a gap each end of 5 cm at least. Turn tube back
to right sides facing out. Pin the two ends facing right sides together and stitch only
half way. ( Embroidery side to form a circle ). Insert plastic piece, crossing over the
ends. Close over with small slip stitches.

Make up pillow, leaving an opening for inserting the wadding. Fill and close with slip
stitch. Place inside the Embroidered Ring.

Carol Daisy

Free Design Spring Bulbs

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Project

Pincushions – Forever Spring

( A beautiful Sewing Accessory for yourself  a Special Friend or Relative
Or you could use the design as a border by just continuing the pattern.)

I have given the pattern instructions for the layout I have used, but you are
free to change the placement of the flowers as you wish. Also once you have
mastered the procedure for these gorgeous spring bulbs, they can be used in many
other embroidery projects.

Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, French Knots, Ribbon Stitch, Detached Chain,
Folded Ribbon Stitch and  Twisted Ribbon Stitch.

Materials: Equipment
– 100 mm ( 4 “ ) Embroidery Hoop and 15 cm.
Chenille and  Crewel Needles 
Dupion Silk and  Panne Velvet, braid, plastic insert and  backing fabric.
Ribbons: Assortment of 4 mm. and 7 mm. Ribbons for Flowers, Leaves and
Stems( as illustrated ). Discussed in detail in the Instructions.

Threads: Green Thread for Snowdrops.

Instructions: Pre-wash all Ribbons, dry and Iron on a Silk Low Setting. Meanwhile
transfer the design if you wish to follow the illustration onto the Green Silk. Should
you wish to change the Format do one flower at a time. Once you have the design
transferred, tack onto the back a piece of lightweight wadding or Pellon. The area
to be embroidered on is 30 cm. Long and 5 cm. High. Do not cut the fabric
prior, it can be marked with the water erasable pen or use white chalk. You will
need the extra fabric to allow you to insert the material in the Hoops.

I have had to cut the pattern into two to illustrate.  

Left Side

Width 16 cms    Depth 4.5 cms

Right Side

Width 13 cms   Depth 4.5 cms

IRIS: Colour 1 – With Darker Ribbon Colour make a Detached Chain for the
Lower Petal.
Colour 2. Make 3 Ribbon Stitches for upper petals. Then from under
these a loose Ribbon Stitch down from each side. These can have their
shape altered a little by twisting the ribbon at times.
Colour 3. Yellow Ribbon do a small Ribbon Stitch in the Lower Petal
coming up from the Centre and taking it down into the Lower Petal.

Buds: Lighter colour ribbon 1 Detached Chain facing up. Then change
to Darker Ribbon and stitch 2 Ribbon Stitches over this crossing at the

Stems: Twist the darker green 4 mm. Ribbon from the entry point and
bring it up to the base of the flower to make stems. Some of these may
have to be weaved in and out of the fabric, depending on the positioning
of the other flowers and leaves.
Leaves: Make a combination of Ribbon Stitches, Straight, Twisted or
Folded at the base of the bulb.

Refer:  Iris Tutorial

JONQUILS: With 4 mm. Lighter Green Ribbon Twist the ribbon slightly and make
a few stems for the flowers. The flowers are very small Ribbon Stitches
5 Petals in each, make some of them loose to improve the effect. ( This
simply means when you place the Needle through the ribbon have a slight
rise in it, but place the needle the position needed. ) Thread the Yellow
Ribbon and stitch small French Knots in the Centre. Position some of the
Jonquils over the stems at places to make it more realistic.

Leaves: Are Long Straight Ribbon Stitches placed from the Base.

Refer: Tutorial Jonquil 
TULIPS: For two tone tulips. Work 3 Ribbon Stitches in the lighter colour first.
Then 2 – 3 Ribbon Stitches over this in the darker colour, taking the
needle up from the same place and crossing the stitches over at some
point. Some of the Top Petals can have a Twisted Ribbon Stitch to look
like they are just opening up, and leave the base stitches showing in some

Leaves and  Stems : Worked the same way as the Irises.

Refer: Tutorial Tulips.

SNOWDROPS: Using 1 strand of the Green Thread, Stem Stitch the stems of the flowers.
The Petals are 3 Ribbon Stitches facing downward, overlapping
slightly in a fan shape. Again using one thread of the Green Thread
place 3 French Knots as illustrated in the end of the Petals, and stitch
a small calyx at the top.

Leaves: Are worked much the same as the Jonquils, using the Blue
Green 4 mm ribbon.

Refer: Tutorial Snowdrops

Using matching Sewing Thread hand stitch the braid to the material. Trim the fabric
back now to 35 cm. length x 12 cm. deep . Place the backing fabric behind the
pellon to protect your stitches while making up and stitch on.. Machine stitch the fabric,
wrong sides facing, leaving a gap at each end of 5 cm at least. Turn tube back to right sides
facing outside. Pin the two ends together and stitch only half of the way. (Embroidery
side to form a circle). Insert plastic piece crossing over the ends. Close over with small
slip stitches.

Make up pillow, leaving a gap for wadding, fill and close with slip stitch. Place inside
the Embroidered Ring.

Carol Daisy