Sunday, January 31, 2010

Julies Golden Palace Cape

(From the Collection of Dr. Teresa and Dr. Allen Moore.)

Another of Julie's beautiful creations
Embroidered and Appliqued in Wool, 
Polyester, Silks, Organza and Gold
Metallic Thread.

Totally rich and luxuorious.

Many hours of Love put into this one.

Carol Daisy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Detached Chain / Ribbon Stitch 
in 4 mm. Silk Ribbon  

Basis of this rosebud is a Detached Chain Stitch,
keep the ribbon as flat as possible to obtain a
full bud.
Stem Stitch is added in embroidery thread.
Two ribbon stitches to form the calyx.
Two small straight stitches at the tip
of the bud in green thread ( or the colour of the bud ).

Ribbon Stitch Bud 
in 4 mm and 7 mm. Silk Ribbon

Create two Ribbon Stitches ( 7 mm )

Slightly crossing over at the tip.
Like an almond shape.

Make calyx from 4 mm. Green Ribbon
in Ribbon Stitch. Create the two outside
stitches first then the centre stitch.
Once again two straight stitches at the tip.

Carol Daisy

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Folded Rose / Gathered Combination

Folded Rose/Gathered Combination

Should you wish to create as above, first
stem stitch the stem of the rose.

Step 1: Referring  to the Tutorial for Folded Ribbon Rose
Create in 7 or 13 mm. Silk Ribbon a small Folded Ribbon
Rose for the centre.
Put aside keeping the threaded needle attached.

Step 2:  With water erasable pen, mark a small circle.
Thread a 20 cm length of the ribbon into
the eye of the needle.  ( No need to thread completely
as this is only to draw the ribbon through the fabric).

Step 3:  As in the Carnation Tutorial gather the
ribbon into petals, stitching each down.
Follow the outside of the circle marked
and you have the option of two rows
of gathering as I have done or just one. 

Step 4: Re-thread the ribbon in the Chenille Needle.
Take the ribbon through to the back. At the
same time the last gathered petal is stitched into place.
With a wet cotton bud, wash out the pen line. Allow to dry.

Step 5:  Make a whole in the centre of the gathered ribbon.

Step 6:  Take the threaded needle through first.
Push the tails of the folded rose through to the
back, gently pull into position.
Stitch down with the thread at the back of your fabric.

Step 7:  With 7 mm. Green Ribbon add
Ribbon Stitch Leaves.

Rosebud in a future Tutorial.

As part of the class sampler the embroidered
rose at the top of the Tutorial has been scrunched,
packed and  examined for 3 years and I feel still
looks presentable.

Carol Daisy

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tutorial - Folded Ribbon Rose

Once you have mastered  the basic folding technique of these Roses, they can be created from a wide variety of Ribbons.
The photo here shows them made in  Satin Ribbon,
Satin Ribbon / Organza Ribbon Combination and Organza with a Gold Thread Edge.

Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon 25 mm.

For a much softer effect of course you would use Silk Ribbon.
The Hand Dyed Silk Ribbons which are available in the wider
sizes are ideal for this.  The variance in colour through the
ribbon becomes shading in the petals, making it much more

Ribbon Edged Organza Ribbon  20 mm.

Step 1:  Cut the Ribbon edge at an angle.
Fold the ribbon forward diagonally, leaving a tail.

 Step 2:  Fold over the ribbon starting from
the right, making a firm centre for the rose.
Stitch to hold in matching thread.
( For this tutorial I have a different colour
thread to make it easier for you to see ).

Step 3:  Fold the ribbon diagonally to the back.
Step 4:  Wrap the fold around the rose centre, each one
of the folds becomes a petal.
Continue in this way until you have the desired size rose.
Take care not to have all the folds on the one side of your rose. 
On the outer petals as the rose is growing in size, you may 
need to gather the ribbon at the base a little to prevent this.

Step 5:  On the last fold stitch the ribbon to the base and cut 
off  at an angle. Notice how the gold thread alternates
through the petals. The same with combining two ribbons
such as Satin and Organza.

Hint:  Should you be concerned about wastage of Ribbon,
an alternative is to replace this with crepe paper double fold.
This paper holds firm without stitching by pressing the folds 
in place.  Allows you to have a few practice runs.

Be patient in time you will be able to do them
with very little effort.

Carol Daisy

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pinking Blade

The Kai Cutter Pinking Blade

A tool I use often.  When you are dealing with Silks, Satins and other
fabrics that easily fray, so quick and handy to do the edges.
Great when doing  Crazy Patchwork.  
It can also be used to trim the edges of paper, the same as if using
pinking shears.

Carol Daisy