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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tutorial - Poinsettia in Silk Ribbon


These are just a few samples of flowers I
have embroidered on Christmas Stockings.

Option 1: As I have done with these flowers,
is to make them in detached chain.
( Much simpler and quicker alternative )
Make a slightly longer peak at each tip.

Poinsettia in Ribbon Stitch 

You will require approximately  .3 Metre of 7 mm. Red Ribbon
for each flower,  .2 Metre of 7 mm.  Green Ribbon,
Gold Seed Beads, Metallic Gold Thread.

Step 1:  Mark out a circle 2 cms across and small dot
in the centre.

Step 2:  Place Ribbon Stitches around this circle.
Some to the outline and a few outside of the circle. 

Step 3:  Make second layer of Ribbon Stitches
overlapping the first petals, and of varying lengths.
You may also have these slightly puffed up in
comparison to flat against the fabric.

Place a few leaves in the green ribbon in between
the petals.
This is just a simple daisy in Variegated Gold 7 mm. Ribbon
A gold bead in the centre and two Ribbon Stitch Leaves.

Step 4:  Add the gold seed beads in the centre.
And for a little more sparkle I have added a Fly
Stitch in the gold metallic thread around the petals.

These can also be created in Cream Ribbon with
Green Leaves and Gold Beads and Thread.

Carol Daisy


  1. Carol,
    I'm trying to learn ribbon embroidery. Your blog is really very informative as you teach the step by step technique. I've bought the ribbons and needles but i need to know which type of fabric is suitable to use. Can you recommend me some? Thank you.


  2. Delia, Thank you for your kind words. I probably have a comment about fabric somewhere,but not too sure where. If you are just beginning, a linen or fabric with a loose weave is best. Dupion Silk is one I prefer, as it moves aside for the needle and the richness of the fabric suits the Silk Ribbon. Stay away from satin, shantung etc as the threads will pull as the bulk of the needle eye is taken through. Even organza can be used although remember that the back of your work needs to be hidden away under a
    lining or such. Get back to me if you have any problems.
    Carol Daisy

  3. Thats wonderful. You make it look easy. Will attempt this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.