Thursday, March 4, 2010

Detached Chain in Silk Ribbon

Detached Chain Stitch No. 2

In my earlier posting, the photo instructions 
were mainly focused on Lazy Daisy Stitch.
So I thought  you might like to see a more 
detailed tutorial in Silk Ribbon.

Satin - n - Cream Quilt Kit 

Detached Chain Flower spray to adorn a Satin Baby Quilt.
Could also be added to any Bridal Accessories.

Detached Chain Stitch is executed  in much the same way as Lazy Daisy.
It is best if you only use between 2 and  4 mm ribbons in this stitch. 
The wider ones are more difficult to shape.
The material may be held in an Embroidery Hoop or free in the hand. 
Most of my students have found it easier to use the hoop to begin with,
leaving both hands free to work  the ribbon.
When using a hoop it is difficult to take the needle diagonally
across the fabric. The fabric being taut your fingers will suffer,
and I am sure you won't want to leave blood stains on your work. 

If doing this free hand take care that the fabric is not gathering
as you stitch.

When using the ribbon I personally prefer the ribbon
to be flattened out and smooth. 
This gives a fuller petal. Whereas if you leave it 
with a twist then you get a thinner petal.

For an example here I have crossed the ribbon over at the top
and did not straighten out the ribbon.
Not the same desired effect, do you agree.

The length of your first petal will determine the size of the 
completed flower. By having a longer petal, in turn you
need a greater number of petals to fill the circle.

Place a  finger into the loop before pulling it through
and straighten out the ribbon.

Take it a little slower than if you were working with thread,
and you will have more control over the shaping of the petal.

By  taking the needle back through beyond
the loop, you will be making a slight tip to
the petal.

I have only created six petals to this
flower, it would have been possible
to add a seventh. ( with 4 mm. ribbon )

Instead I have filled the space with a 
leaf in the same stitch.  By  placing  it
further down, and with the addition
of a pearl, the flower takes shape.

Daisy Spray for Beginners

Everything you will need to create your
first Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

In Embroidery Thread Stem Stitch the stalk of the
leaf and add Detached Chain Leaves.

Also can be used for buds as in the Rosebud

So many uses for this Stitch, you will see it 
quite often in Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Carol Daisy