Friday, December 11, 2009

Hints - Folded Ribbon Rose

Should you be concerned about wastage
of Ribbon, an alternative is to replace this with
double fold crepe paper.
This paper holds firm without stitching 
by pressing the folds in place.  Allows you
to have a few practice runs.

Carol Daisy

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tutorial - Poinsettia in Silk Ribbon


These are just a few samples of flowers I
have embroidered on Christmas Stockings.

Option 1: As I have done with these flowers,
is to make them in detached chain.
( Much simpler and quicker alternative )
Make a slightly longer peak at each tip.

Poinsettia in Ribbon Stitch 

You will require approximately  .3 Metre of 7 mm. Red Ribbon
for each flower,  .2 Metre of 7 mm.  Green Ribbon,
Gold Seed Beads, Metallic Gold Thread.

Step 1:  Mark out a circle 2 cms across and small dot
in the centre.

Step 2:  Place Ribbon Stitches around this circle.
Some to the outline and a few outside of the circle. 

Step 3:  Make second layer of Ribbon Stitches
overlapping the first petals, and of varying lengths.
You may also have these slightly puffed up in
comparison to flat against the fabric.

Place a few leaves in the green ribbon in between
the petals.
This is just a simple daisy in Variegated Gold 7 mm. Ribbon
A gold bead in the centre and two Ribbon Stitch Leaves.

Step 4:  Add the gold seed beads in the centre.
And for a little more sparkle I have added a Fly
Stitch in the gold metallic thread around the petals.

These can also be created in Cream Ribbon with
Green Leaves and Gold Beads and Thread.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FREE SRE DESIGN - Ribbon Stitch Flowers

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects

  Ribbon Stitch Flowers with Buds

You will require:  2 Metres 7 mm. Dk Apricot Silk Ribbon
                           .5 Metre of  DMC Metallic Thread  or  substitute.
                           Small Butterfly Charm
                           Seed Beads
Step 1:  The Flowers are worked  first in 7 mm. using Ribbon
Stitch. in a clockwise manner.
Step 2:  With  1 strand of the metallic gold, small straight stitches
coming out from the centre of the flowers. Stitch 3 or 4 Seed
Beads into the centre.
Step 3:   Buds are in Ribbon Stitch also.
Step 4:   Stem Stitch from the Buds to the Flower Heads,
and one fly stitch around the base of the Bud.
Step 5:   Lazy Daisy leaves in metallic thread with some
scattered around the outside of the flower spray.
Step 6:   Stitch down the butterfly charm, with gold
Sewing thread.

Carol Daisy

FREE SRE DESIGN - Apricot Roses

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects

 Spider Web Roses in Apricot  

You will require: 1 Metre  Dark Apricot 4 mm. Silk Ribbon
                          1 Metre Pale Apricot  4 mm Silk Ribbon
                         .5 Metre Olive Green 4 mm. Silk Ribbon
                         .3 Metre Matching Green Embroidery Thread

Step 1: Create the Centre of the Spider Roses in Dk Apricot, then change to
the Paler colour.   Make sure you stay in sequence when changing ribbons.
Step 2:  The buds are Detached Chain Stitch, leaving a longer tip when
taking the needle back through.  This will be part of the rose tip.
Step 3:  Place a Y stitch around the base of the bud and continue on
with stem stitch across to the Full  Rose. Place 2 small straight stitches at the
tip of the rose bud in green thread.
Step 4:  Leaves are in  Ribbon Stitch.

Carol Daisy

FREE SRE DESIGN - Spider Web Roses

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects 

Spider Web Roses with Fern and Baby Breath.
Refer to this blog for Stitch Tutorial -
Spider Web Roses with French Knots.

Roses, Rosebuds and the Rose Leaves are in
4 mm. Silk Ribbon.

You will Require:  
 4 mm. in  4 Colour Tones  of Pink
.5 Mt. Cream Silk Ribbon 4 mm..( Baby's Breath )
.5 Mt. Green Silk Ribbon  4 mm. ( Leaves )
Green Embroidery Thread to Match  Green Ribbon.
Fawn or Olive Green embroidery thread for Fern.
Option of a Pearl for the Centre of 1 Rose.

Step 1:  The Spider Roses.  The larger one and
the top rose are one straight colour.
The 3 rd. Rose is Pink in the centre with a lighter
colour on the outside.
Step 2:  Next work the buds in Detached Chain Stitch.
Add 2 straight stitches at the tip in Green Thread.
Step 3:  Green Thread - Stem Stitch all the stems to
the buds and leaf stems.
Lazy Daisy Leaves on the two branches.
Step 4:  Rose and Bud :Leaves in Ribbon Stitch.
Step 5:  Fly stitch scattered in 1 strand of the
tan thread.
Step 6:  French Knots in Cream Silk Ribbon for the
Baby's Breath.

Mixed Silk 4 mm Pinks 

Mixed Silk Ribbon Pink Pack 

Carol Daisy

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects

Silk Ribbons in three complimentary colours.
Lazy Daisy Leaves in Cream Embroidery Thread.
Lime Green Seed Beads stitched down amongst the flowers.
Measures:  7 cms  across  x 6 cms high.

You will need  3 or  more colours  in 4 mm Silk Ribbon
approx. 1 metre of each colour.
1 Metre of Embroidery Thread,
Small amount of  Small Seed Beads,

Step 1:  Where the X is marked, place
Running Stitch / French Knot Flowers, in groups
of  3 or 4.
Step 2:  With 2 strands of  Embroidery Thread
create small leaves in Lazy Daisy Stitch, coming
from between or under the flowers.
Step 3:  Sew on Seed Beads in any gaps

Carol Daisy

FREE SRE DESIGN -Small Daisy Spray

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects 

Here is a simple design that I have added to the
collar of a girls dress. ( Size 3 )
Of course you may wish to use it in another application.

   The colours are just as a suggestion. Whatever ribbon scraps you have in your sewing box could be used.

Ribbons: 4 mm.- Pink, Lemon, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink /Purple.
Threads: Green, Yellow, Lilac Embroidery Threads.
Beads: Small Pearls for the Daisy Centre.

Place pellon at the back of the area to be Embroidered,
with  tacking stitches to hold the two together.

Step 1: Stem Stitch the fern stalk and
lazy daisy leaves. ( 2 Strands)
Step 2: In a circular movement make Ribbon Stitches in Pink
for the centre daisy. Stitch the Pearl into the Centre.
Step 3: Small Ribbon Stitch Flowers with 5 petals in
Lemon Ribbon.
Step 4: French Knots in Blue Ribbon ( 3 Wraps )
four knots per flower. Yellow thread french knot for the
centre, using 1 strand of thread.
Step 5: Place 2 Green Ribbon Stitch Leaves between
the petals of the larger daisy as shown in design.
Step 6: With Purple / Pink Ribbon work one Running Stitch/
Step 7: Using 1 Thread of the Lilac Embroidery Thread,
three wraps. place small french knots around the outside
of the flowers.

Carol Daisy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tutorial- Carnations in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

These are some interesting facts that I have just discovered about Carnations.

It is the January Birth Flower
Stands for Fascination and Woman's Love
Is a member of the Dianthus Family
from the Greek Words
Dios - God Zeus and anthus - Flower
( The flower of God )
If you are considering an embroidery
project for someone special, you may
like to consider these for choosing a Carnation

Pink Carnation - Mother's Love
Light Red Carnation - Admiration
Dark Red - Deep Love and Woman' Affection
White - Pure Love and Good Luck
( No wonder they are a prominent flower for
Weddings )

I am working this in Cascade House Bias Silk Ribbon 10 mm.

For the 1 Flower as shown  you will require approximately:
               .5 Metre 10 mm. Bias
               .5 Metre of 4 mm. Green Ribbon
               .5 Metre of Green Embroidery Thread.

Step 1:  Using an erasable pen mark out the stem of the flower.
With 2 strands of Emb.Thread stitch this in Chain Stitch.


Step 2:  Wrap the Chain with 2 strands of the same thread.
This gives a more raised stem for the carnation.
( Whipped Chain Stitch )

( In this instance the flower is formed by stitching from the 
outside of the circle and finished off in the centre.)

Step 3:  Mark a circle for the flower head. I have allowed
2.5 cms. diameter. Bring the ribbon up through just  inside
the outer edge of the circle.
( So the entry point of the ribbon
will be covered by the next row of gathering )
With matching sewing  thread run small gathering stitches
2 cms long along the base of the ribbon, pull in to form
a petal and stitch down to the fabric with a few small
tacking stitches.


Step 4:  Continue with the gathered petals for 2 layers.
As you get to the centre, take the gathering through the
centre of the ribbon, not the base.   This will make
the petals smaller and tighter for the centre of the flower.


Step 5:  The Buds are made the same way with
small gathering stitches.  I have 3 lots of
gathering, but have placed it one on top of the
other.  (covering a  smaller  area but giving more height. )


Step 6:  Three small ribbon stitches are placed with  the
green ribbon at the base of the bud, and a Detached
Chain Stitch for the new bud.  Leaves are Ribbon


It is possible to do this flower in 7 mm. or 13 mm Ribbon,
just alter the size of the circle to suit.
I have also made these with organza ribbon, or an organza
and silk ribbon combination.  ( eg. 13 mm Organza with the
7 mm. Silk Ribbon  - tacked together first at the base. )
Such as in the photo below.

Have a nice day.
Carol Daisy

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pink Ice

Just love the colours in this dress.
Every tone of Pink that you can imagine.
To save trying to find the words to explain
this item, I thought it easier to add the
display board at the exhibition.

Well Done Julie.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tutorial - Delphiniums in Silk Ribbon Embroidery


Delphiniums are a hardy perennial, beautiful and tough.
They are normally associated with large, English-style gardens. 
Tall and stately, delphinium flowers come in purple, white, pink and blue.

Not a flower you would find in the area where I live, but I still enjoy 
embroidering them in ribbon.
As a group in an embroidery, varying in height and colour, they are so effective.

Hand Dyed Ribbons work well with these, the colours change as you create.

You will need:

7 mm. Ribbon - colour of choice
( solid or hand dyed ) Approx. 1 Metre
7 mm. Green Ribbon - 1 length
Green Embroidery Thread
Ecru, white or cream Embroidery Thread.

Step 1: Work a line of stem stitch for the centre stalk .
Mine is 5 cms. in length. Not necessary to be a straight line.
After all, the Delphiniums are not perfectly straight.

Step 2: With 7 mm. Ribbon, the flower heads are made
with a very loose, 1 wrap French Knot. Take the wrapped
needle back through the Ribbon close to the fabric as below.

Step 3: Place the Flower Heads in an uneven pattern
starting from the base for approx. 3 cms. Now make
the French Knots a little tighter and smaller at the tip.
Leaving some of the Green Stem showing.

Step 4: With 2 Strands of ecru, place 2 wrap
French Knots in the centre of the Flower heads.
The Base wraps are loose, getting tighter at the tip as
in the ribbon. Miss the top Knots, as being
the bud, the centre of the flower would not
be seen.

Step 5: A few French Knots are now added to the
tip and the spaces between the Flower Heads
in the Green Thread.
Step 6: I have added some more stem stitch to the
base and Ribbon Stitch Leaves.

The French Knots help to keep the Flower Heads
more securely in place, even when washing.
The example is in 7 mm. Ribbon, but is just as
easy to do in 4 mm. ribbon as I have done with
the Mon Francais Jardin - Wheelbarrow Kit.
which is part of the Introductory Kits Range
from " Daisys Garden".

Carol Daisy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cinderella's Wedding Shoes - SRE

Another of Julie's Creations
( From the Pam Cox Collection )

Julie has adorned these shoes beautifully, and given us
a reminder of where Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Let your mind drift back to the days of the 17th. Century when
the aristocracy adorned their clothes with Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Embellished with Ribbon Stitch, Gathered Rosettes and Loop Flowers.

Be sure and come back to visit for my next Tutorial
which will be on Delphiniums.

Have a Nice Day.

Carol Daisy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tutorial - Snowdrops in Silk Ribbon Embroidery


Celebrated as a sign of spring, 
snowdrops can form impressive carpets of white.

Step 1:  Form the base of the bulb with stem stitch
as shown, allowing a few branches to base the 
flower heads.
I have used 2 threads of a deep green.

Step 2:  Create the flowers with downward
Ribbon Stitches in groups of 2 or 3
depending on how full you require each one.

Step 3:  Cover the tips of the flowers with
2 tiny ribbon stitches in a matching
green to the larger ribbon for the leaves.
Make sure you are hiding the area where 
the stem and flowers touch.
Note: Place a finger over the white ribbon
stitches as you are executing the green
to prevent it from pulling the flower stitches
as the needle is pulled through.

Step 4:   Add large base leaves in 7 mm Silk
Ribbon. For the longer ones you may need
to add a holding stitch in thread to hold in place.

Step 5: Using a single thread of the cotton
add small french knots at the point of the

Carol Daisy

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Crazy Patch Embellishing



I have added Ribbon Stitch Flowers in 7 mm
Mauve Ribbon with blue seed beads and 7 mm
Green Ribbon Stitch Leaves to a Lace trim.
A gold bee charm sits on top.

A little difficult getting the ribbon to got through
all the layers, but if you have a needle grabber
or other gripping pad, it will help.

It certainly is worth the trouble as you get another
dimension to your work.

Julie Thornton's Drawstring Bag

Velvet covered with hand painted synthetic material, with silk lining.
Pieced and machine embroidered. I love the combination of Hot Pink 
and Orange in this.

Carol Daisy

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Leaves in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Leaves an essential in SRE Embroidery.

There are many ways to create leaves.
These are just a few of the ones I have done.

Detached chain leaves with Stem Stitch.
The length of the tip is decided by where you
take the needle back through.

Detached Chain with a Bullion Wrap
Gives a more pointed leaf.

Bring ribbon through and take the needle back in
at the entry point and out again as shown.

Make sure the ribbon is flat. Make 1 or more wraps
around the needle.
Hold knots firm with a finger as you pull the ribbon
through. Take needle back through the fabric at the

Can also be used for flower petals such as Poinsietta
or Australian Flannel Flower. Any flower that has
a pronounced point.

Ribbon Stitch.

Use the stitches to form the shape of the Leaf.

Ribbon Stitch in Organza Ribbon.
Use thread to show the veins in the leaf.
Great for adding to Larger Folded Ribbon Roses.

This should give you a wider variety once added to
 the stitches already shown in the previous tutorials.

The other option is stitching in Embroidery Thread,
 we can delve into this at a later date.

Carol Daisy