Monday, August 31, 2009

SRE - Running Stitch / French Knot Combination

Using this combination stitch
from the Mon Francais Jardin Kits

This Combination Stitch has many uses- Sweet Little Roses, Small Sprays of Flowers,
can be used to decorate a border in Crazy Patch, excellent to use in Monograms,
and so many other possibilites.

A delicate stitch and well worth the effort to master.
Once again I am demonstrating this with a 7 mm. Ribbon
for easier viewing, but this is mostly worked in a 4 mm.
Using variegated ribbon, is very effective also, with the changes
of colour and tone through the completed flower ( as above ).

Taking the ribbon around the tip of the needle for the French Knot part of the Combo, then make small running stitches with your needle down the centre of the ribbon.
The point of the needle is taken through the ribbon where it has been brought through the
fabric. Check if the French Knot is still formed, if not give the needle a few twists to form
again. Allow the pleats to compact down onto the fabric, hold these in place with your
fingernail as you pull the needle through.


Take this step very slowly at first when you are beginning, keeping an eye on the length of
ribbon as it can easily twist at this point and knot up.
( Refer to French Knot Lesson
earlier )

If you pull the ribbon too far, it will pull all the way through.
( Leaving the
ribbon unuseable).
Once the knot is sitting firmly in the centre, I complete it with a holding stitch through the centre in matching sewing thread.

This holds the flower firm , if it gets snagged and saves on tears.
You have the option of adding a small seed bead to the centre.

Another form of this is Running Stitch / Colonial Knot Combination.
Personally I prefer French Knot, as I feel it sits lower down in the centre of the flower.

Carol Daisy


Viola in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

As I promised in my earlier posting of Pansies in SRE,
this is my version of a Viola flower.
Please keep in mind that I have worked this in 

7 mm. ribbons to make it easier to see on your monitors.
I feel these would be so much more delicate and 
effective in a 4 mm. ribbon.

For the purpose of stitching this flower I have marked out a circle with a diameter of 20 mm.

Step 1: Three Ribbon Stitches in Purple.1 st. - 1 o'clock
2 nd. - 11 o'clock3 rd. - 10 o'clock slightly overlapping the previous one.
Keep the Ribbon Stitches as rounded at the tips as possible, shaping them around your fingernail.

Step 2: Complete Two Ribbon Stitches in Cream, with the tip of the petal just outside the marked circle.1 st. - Between 2 and 3 o'clock2 nd. - Between 9 and 10 o'clock.
Change over to Lemon Ribbon
3 rd. - 5 o'clock4 th. - 7 o'clock. Making these slightly longer than the previous two.

With a single strand of black embroidery thread , make small straight stitches from the centre of the flower.Next with cream or lemon 7 mm. place a single wrap French Knot in the centre.

Leaves are longer and narrower ( than the pansies ) in 7 mm. Green in Ribbon Stitch.
Bud - 1 Ribbon Stitch downwards,Sepals 4 mm Green Ribbon Stitch, through the bud and angling out.
Lastly twist the ribbon and take it down as a straight stitch behind
the flower petals. Or use
the other option of stem stich in a matching green thread.

Should you wish to try this flower in 4 mm. ribbons try a circle with a diameter of 10 mm.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, August 23, 2009

How to make a Fabric Storer for your Sewing Room

Today I would like to share with you an

Organiser for my Sewing Room


56 cm Length of Contrast Colour eg. Broadcloth (Backing )
Feature Fabric & Panels ( Decoration )
75 cm. Length of Homespun or similar for Front.
1 - Full Panel 40 x 56 cms. Backing Fabric

1 - Full Panel 40 x 56 cms. Main Fabric
1 - Panel for Pleated Pockets 75 x 28 cms.
1 - Bias strip of Feature Fabric for Pleated Pocket Trim.
    3 - 12 x 5 cms. Tabs

Next step is to set out what you actually wish to store in your organiser. 


Do a placement test on the fabric to give you a plan to follow. taking note of the size
required to hold the items, and allowing for what you will loose in the seams.
If you wish to have Embroidery on your organiser, it is best if you do this before
stitching on the pockets. Mark a design on the main panel, and tack a small
piece of pellon onto the back prior to starting ( Only for Ribbon Embroidery ).

Pockets: Can be made from a double layer of fabric, or a feature Panel of
Fabric with plain backing fabric.
Cut pieces of main fabric and  feature fabric
for pockets.
Pleated Pocket: Fold Panel in half, wrong sides facing out.
Machine Stitch down both sides. Turn right side facing out.
Flatten out and press with hot iron. Over lock
or zig zag the open seam closed. Cover with Bias feature trim.
Mark the pocket into 4 even sections.

Do the same on the Base Fabric Panel. 
As the pocket is longer than the fabric itself, the leftover fabric
becomes the pleat. Double machine stitch the
4 places as shown on the diagram.
Position the pleats
and iron flat. Pin in position
and stitch along the base of the seam only to hold pleats in place.

Once you have completed all the pockets, make up the 3 tabs and positon
on the top of the hanging. Stitch down. Place Backing Fabric, right
sides facing and stitch the
4 sides leaving a gap to turn it right side
around. Overstitch this seam closed. Press seams. Overstitch this seam closed.
Cut doweling rod for tabs. There are more things I can add to this in the future,
one of which will be a button medallion in the centre of the ribbon embroidery

I have added appliqued parts of the Featured Fabric, a handmade pottery button,
Ribbon and Thread Embroidery. You could also add Ric Rac, a variety of Braids,
Ribbons, Laces etc.bits
and pieces from yo
ur sewing box to make it more your own.
If you choose a Feature Panel like this one, you have so many options
which you can make into a feature with your embroidery.
Happy Stitching


Carol Daisy

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hints - Undoing Knot in Ribbon

Just noticed the bougainvillea in flower. Looks beautiful,
pity they have to be
so thorny.
While working on an embroidery I got a knot in my ribbon,
so I thought I would pass this hint on.
This can happen at times either, when you want to take out
a previous stitch
or have made a slight error.
You may have already realised how to do
this, but incase there is someone out there, this may be of help.
This saves your ribbon, as leaving the knot in will definitely show
in your work.

You will notice a curved pocket on the lower edge of
the ribbon. Take your Chenille Needle, eye end in backwards through this pocket.


Re thread the ribbon through the eye of the needle
and pull it back through. You will have a small hole, but with some manipulating
this will close over.

Carol Daisy

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pansy in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

September heralds the arrival
of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere
which may sound strange to readers from other countries.

The garden centres will be filled with punnets of spring flowering annuals and bulbs will be sprouting.

Where we live it will short lived. ( Enjoy it while we can, summer is just around the corner )

My hometown of Toowoomba is well known for its annual Carnival of Flowers, where the Spring Flowers are 
in their full glory. These photos are taken in the

Botanical Gardens. The Carnival attracts visitors from 
all over Queensland,Interstate and Internationally.

This is something that I miss here in Rockhampton as the temperatures get a lot higher, and limits me to what I can grow in my garden.
I thought that I would contribute the next few weeks to Spring Bulbs and
 Flowers in Silk Ribbon Embroidery. The colours are so vibrant and Silk Ribbon Embroidery lends itself well with the many colours available. A great way to keep Spring in your home all year round. Enviromentally friendly, no water needed.

The Pansy Embroidery above is one of many ways in which you can do them. I have worked this with a 7 mm. Ribbon. 
The larger the flower the more ribbon stitches you will need 
to fill the area. The actual size of this is 20 mm's. Should you wish to make a smaller flower take the size down and if 
using a 7 mm. you should only need 8 ribbon stitches to complete as shown above.

The following example is a fuller version and 
using more ribbon stitches.

Begin by marking a small circle with your 
water erasable pen or a pencil.

With your Ribbon Stitches keep your nail on them

 as pulling the needle through, you want them as 

full and   rounded at the tip as possible.

Step 1: Place 3 Ribbon Stitches 
( 10, 12 and 2 o'clock)
Fill the 2 spaces in between.

( 11 and 1 o'clock ).

With the 2 nd. colour place two Ribbon Stitches as shown.

Now: - 1 Ribbon Stitch at 6 o'clock and 2 more in the spaces at 7 and 5 o'clock.

Leaves in Ribbon Stitch. French Knot in 7 mm. 
Golden Yellow.
Some markings in Black Embroidery Thread.
Stem Stitch in Green for the stem of the bud. 
1 Ribbon Stitch hanging downwards with 2 smaller Green Ribbon Stitches
cupping the bud.

Take some time to experiment with these, they are well worth

the effort and are an excellent addition to your embroideries.

Mixed Silk Ribbon Pansy Pack

Mastered the flower now here is a Free Design:

Carol Daisy