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
Add 2 Leaves in Ribbon Stitch also. A 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.