Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hints for Stitching.


Keep in mind when choosing a needle size.
The point of the needle is creating the whole in the fabric
for the eye and ribbon. Should you be having difficulty with
getting the needle through the fabric, look at a larger Chenille Needle.
I use mainly 18 and  20 for most of my stitching.

The grip pads as shown above are a good item to have in your sewing kit
or if you have a grip pad for opening bottles.  Should you have sweaty hands
or a bulky area, gripping the needle with one of these pads
makes it much easier to pull through.

Carol Daisy

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



This will be an ongoing feature of this blog.
I have many things that I have learnt from experience and the hard way.

Hopefully, some or even one of these hints may make your Stitching more enjoyable and proceed more smoothly.

Always cut both ends of your ribbon at an angle. This is not just as an aid while stitching, but also for the preservation of your work.


Keep a nail emery board in your sewing kit. A jagged nail can easily catch on a thread in your silk ribbon and cause damage.
Not a happy ending if you have already stitched the flower.

Hints: Pre Wash the ribbons, before starting.

Most ribbons are colourfast, but at times there may be just 1 that isn't,
and is safer to do this, than risk the damage to your finished

Happy stitching,
Carol Daisy

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to do- Spider Web Rose in SRE

This petite flower has so many applications.
Simple and quick to complete.

Best worked in 4 mm. ribbon, although it can be done in 2 mm or 7 mm.
If you are using 7 mm. increase the number of spokes to 7 or more also enlarge
the circle to allow for the width of the ribbon. You will end up with a much larger flower,
but personally I feel, this one looks best in a smaller ribbon.
The appearance can be changed by how much of a twist you put in the ribbon.
Also a two tone rose, by changing the ribbon on the outside of the spokes.
Or even placing a bead / pearl in the centre can give a different look.

( For example imagine a cream silk fabric, deeper cream silk ribbon with a pearl centre )
How rich would this look for a Christening Gown.

As it has an uneven number of spokes, the weaving of the ribbon will alternate
and covers the thread as you go.
In these photos I have used blue and red as an example to make it easier to
distinquish the ribbon and threads.

When working this the thread is colour matched as close to the ribbon as possible.

As a beginner, you may be more confident by marking the circle and placing the positions of the spokes with an erasable pen. With the matching sewing thread, make the 5 spokes coming
from the centre and stitch down at the back of the fabric / pellon backed.

Thread your needle with silk ribbon, bring it through at the centre of one of the spokes. Stitch down the tail at the back with the thread. This needle can then be left at the back, till the rose
is completed, or if you are concerned, knot and cut
it off.

Hold the ribbon needle between your fingers and give the ribbon a twist, curling the ribbon.
The idea is that the ribbon is taken over and under the spokes, and because it is an odd
number of spokes, as you weave the ribbon, the cotton spokes are hidden.

Manipulate the ribbon into position with your fingers and the needle so that it spreads evenly
around the spokes.

As you begin move the ribbon into position, covering the centre of the spoke.
At this point you have the option of changing to another
colour ribbon. If you wish to do this, make sure that you continue on in the same
sequence that you ended off the first ribbon.
Continue in this manner until the spokes are completely covered, then take the needle
through to the back and stitch the ribbon tail down.
Take extra care that you do not catch the fabric as you are doing this. You only want to
slide the needle between the fabric and spokes.

The ideal way to replicate a rose, is that the centre will be tighter than the outside petals.

These photos are just a small example of the way the Spider Web Rose can be used.
They have be made with a lot more twisting of the ribbon, than the one abov


The leaves are ribbon stitch, buds detached chain stitch.

All it takes is a little inspiration and practice.

Have a great day.
Carol Daisy

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

French Knots in Ribbon SRE


This is executed the same way as if you were using thread.

But for those who have never tried, here it is with some photos to help you.

Take the ribbon as shown and wrap it around the needle usually between 1 and 3 times.
Depending on how large you want the knot to be.

Hold the ribbon coming from the needle, so the wrap does not loosen off.
Take the needle down next to where the ribbon came through the fabric.

Put your finger over the ribbon and as you are pulling the needle through, let it slide over your finger.
Because it will curl slightly, it is very easy at this stage for it to knot.

This allows you to keep a close eye on the ribbon as
 you are pulling.
Ribbons knotting at this stage is not good, 
and troublesome to undo.

Practice will make perfect.

A closer look at the knot when completed
should have a centre opening where the needle has 
pulled through.

You are able to give this a firm pull at the end. If you have not taken the ribbon through
the same hole at start and finish, it will not pull through.

The stitch is ideal for the centres of a flower if you do not wish to use beads.

Also to work full flowers or as a fill in decoration.

These are just French Knots in cream 4 mm Silk Ribbon
to fill in the spaces.

One of the designs from our " Mon Francais Jardin Range"
The Lilacs are made from French Knots with Green Cotton Lazy Daisy Stitches / French Knots.

The spray of Wattle in yesterdays entry is French Knots as is the Pansy Centre in the photo loaded earlier for Ribbon Stitch.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for this very handy stitch.

Carol Daisy.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tutorial - Glasses pouch

Pattern and sewing instructions - Glasses pouch

This I have done on a pouch earlier
(using a satin bias edge )

Hello to you all.

Sorry I have been a little lax lately, but have started reorganising my studio following the Craft Show. Previously, I was using the room for storing supplies and teaching, along with my computer area. I have decided to put my sewing room and this together, eliminating a lot of back a forth from one end of the house to the other. We all know how much we tend to accumulate in the way of supplies in our sewing rooms, so this is taking much longer than I expected.

Anyway I would like to share my tips for making a Glasses Pouch. I find this the best way as all seams are hidden and no need to stitch bias around the edges to join it together. Keep in mind I have only created this one from scraps in the cupboard and when I get more organised shall create a new one with Ribbon Embroidery embellishing the front.

The first step is to make yourself a pattern template. Place the type of glasses you are making this for on a sheet of paper and allow 3 cms ( 1 inch ) each side for seams and movement. then double this width allowing for front and back.
As per photo have the top cut at an angle. Making it easier to reach the glasses in the pouch. Cut two pieces 1 lining, 1 fabric. ( Also an option is to cut 1 of Pellon - for padding ) Measurement of this pattern : Width 20 cms. ( 8 inches ) Height - 17 cms. ( 6 3/4 inches ) Shorter side angling down to 13 cms. ( 5 inches ) You will need to adapt this to suit.

Step 1:
With Right Side facing, pin across the top seam, leaving a gap as shown.
Stitch in these 2 places. Turn fabric and lining back to right side facing and
press the seam.

Step 2: Take the shorter side of the pouch and pin to the opposite side
( making a tube shape ) .

Step 3:
Next bring the higher side of the main fabric across to go over these pins and repin so that the whole side seam can be stitched.

Step 4: The only opening now should be the gap you have left at the top in step 1.

Turn the pouch right side out through this gap and slip stitch this seam over. Press the whole pouch. The seams should be fully enclosed.

Have a nice day.
Carol Daisy


Friday, July 3, 2009

Five Petal Flower, Gathered Ribbon Flower.

( or Gathered Ribbon Flower )
A very simple flower to add to your list of achievements.

Put simply the petals are formed by making small tacking stitches on the ribbon in a box pattern and gathered up to form a circle, 
with a bead or french knot centre.

Step 1. Cut off a length of ribbon ( eg. 7 mm. approx. 15 cms. )
The length of ribbon will be determined by the ribbon width and  fullness you wish to have in the petal.

Step 2. Mark out the ribbon into 5 equal areas.
I then mark with small dots with an erasable pen.


Step 3. With matching sewing thread, begin at one end of the ribbon,
by overstitching the thread. This prevents the thread from pulling
straight through when you are gathering up the flower.

Step 4. Stitch as per this photo. Most important the thread has to
loop over the ribbon on the same edge you start your tacking.
If you miss 1 of these it will not gather up.

Step 5. When all stitching is done, gently pull the thread, sliding the ribbon along the thread.
Arrange the petals out flat, you may have to untwist some.

Must be 5 petals. Make a few firm stitches in the last petal to
 stop it unravelling.

Step 6. Stitch both ribbon ends together. The flower then can be stitched down to your fabric or make a opening in the fabric and push the tails
through ( this being the neater option).

Step 7. Make small stitches to hold it down and then place a bead or
french knots in the centre.
A variation - Small flower made with
10 mm Cascade House Bias Silk Ribbon.


When Stitching I have allowed the coloured edge to be on the outside petals as per illustration above. Resulting in a petite
cream flower with a darker pink on the edge of the Petals.

I have made a denim cover from an empty coffee container, and embellished it
with 5 Petal Flowers using a craft ribbon with a metallic edge.

Mastered this stitch use it with the  Potpourri Pillow -  Free Design

Carol Daisy