Simply constructed in Ribbon Stitch, the effect of the petals are changed by
using Side Ribbon Stitch. Instead of taking the needle through the centre of
the ribbon, place the eye of the needle on the left or right seam of the ribbon.
As the needle is pulled through the ribbon curls toward the entry point, thus
giving the petal a slight rolled edge. As with Iris the leaves are stitched in the
same manner. With a fold, curled, straight, or twisted.
Step 1: Using a side stitch for the centres.
Step 2: Make 2 more ribbon stitches for the outer
petals, just slightly shorter length than the centre.
Step 3: The stem is tightly twisted ribbon as in the iris.
next add some leaves.
Using a hand dyed ribbon, the colours can be changed as you progress to the
outer petals. Even to the point that the ribbon can be cut into sections, so
you have the variance in colour needed at each step.
Hint: By placing for eg. a toothpick or thin crochet hook over the ribbon stitch,
wrapping the ribbon over the toothpick and pulling through, the ribbon is slightly raised and has more curl for the tip of the petal. ( also prevents the ribbon from pulling too tight ).
I have had to work this in a 7 mm ribbon to show the detail in the photos.
Believe me it looks a lot better in 4 mm. ribbon.
As above if using 4 mm. ribbon, use a spare needle to shape the ribbon around.