Ribbon Stitch ( Japanese Ribbon Stitch )
A basic stitch that enables you to create a wide variety
of flowers, leaves even insects..
Can be executed with ribbons from 2 mm up by adjusting the size
of the chenille needle to suit.
Daisy Ring Introductory Kit
Thread your needle, bring the needle up to the front at the point of the first stitch.
Move the needle under the ribbon to straighten it out as much as possible.
Place the needle in the centre of the ribbon, at the length that you require
your petal to be.
Pull the needle through slowly, I place my left ring finger on the ribbon at this time.
This helps to not pull too tight and enables you to stop
the length of ribbon twisting.
Should you want the petals to be rounded at the tip, use your
fingernail for shaping as you pull the ribbon through.
If a more pointed end is needed pull the needle and ribbon to the right away from the worked
If making a full flower continue around the full circle. Place a bead or french knots in
Notice the change once this is added.
Making a folded stitch, is a simple case of inserting the needle
to the left or right edge of the ribbon, thus it twists
a little as you pull it
Ribbon Stitch Hints and Variations
Moulding the shape of the petal:Rounded petals are achieved by holding the ribbon down with
your fingertip and shaping the ribbon outer edge around your nail
as you are pulling it through. ( Also prevents you from pulling too tight )
Pointed petals- by holding the ribbon stitch firm with your finger, pull the ribbon
through and pull it to the right ( go gently until you get the required tip )
Pulling the ribbon to the side or downwards a little will give it a small curl
or place the needle through to one side of the ribbon will create a folded
Enjoy your time working with Silk Ribbon, but remember you are imitating
nature, and even nature has imperfections in its work.