Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Personalise your Gifts, by creating them in the Birth Flower, adding the Birth Colours, Stone.
Add a message about their Birth Meaning.

January - Carnation
Stone - Garnet      Colours - Red /Pink
Meaning - Affectionate, Happiness,
Devoted, Fascination
Refer Carnation tutorial for Instructions


February Birth Flower - Violet.
Stone: Amethyst   Colours: Violet, Purple
                     Meanings: Faithfulness, Purity, Modesty.

Daffodil - March Birth flower.
Gemstone - Aquamarine     Colour - Yellow
Meanings - Affection, Desire,
Respect, Devote.

April - Birth flower Daisy 
Gemstone - Diamond  Colours - Pink, Purple.
Meanings - Blissful, Innocent, Playful, Delicate.
                              Refer Ribbon Stitch Tutorial for instructions

May Birth Flower-  Lily of the Valley

Gemstone - Emerald      Colour - White
Meanings - Sweetness,  Humility, Happiness
 Refer to Snopwdrops for Instructions - longer stem

June - Birth Flower -  Rose

Pearl     Colours - White / Cream
Meaning - Happy, Love, Strong, Beautiful
 Use any of the Rose Tutorials

July - Water Lily

Birthstone Ruby   Colours - Pink, Purple
Meaning - Laughter, Levity and has an open heart.

August- Birthflower Gladioli Birthstone - Peridot 
Colours - Red, Orange, Green.
Meaning - Beauty, Love, Marriage, Family

September- Birthflower Aster

Birth Colour - Deep Blue
Birth Stone - Sapphire
Meanings - Filled with Love, Daintiness,

October-  Birth flower Calendula

Birth Stone - Opal  Colours - White, Yellow
Meanings - Love of Nature, Grace,
Joy, True Love.

November  -Chrysanthemum
Birth Stone - Citrine
Birth Colours - Red Yellow
Meanings - Friendship, Sensitivity,

Refer to the Cosmos Instructions using more petals
packed closer together.

December- Birth flower Narcissus
Birthstone -Turquoise  Colour -Indigo
Meanings - Success , Wealth.

Carol Daisy

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kacoonda Floppy Feet

Hello Fellow SRE Enthusiasts,

I would love to introduce you to a new kit in the Kacoonda Range.
Those international visitors to my blog, may not have heard of Kacoonda previously. 
This is an Australian company specialising in Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon available in 4mm.
through to 32 mm. widths.with matching hand dyed threads in a large colour range.
Plus a variety of hand dyed felts.
I shall be introducing some of these products to Daisys Garden Online store shortly.
Meanwhile I have listed the Floppy Feet Pincushion Kit designed by the talented Monica Spicer. Have a
browse through her blog and other creations.

A cute Felt Bunny made from hand dyed felt and enhanced with Hand Dyed Ribbons and Threads from Kacoonda.
She is just so adorable with her long eyelashes surrounded by a ring of Silk Ribbon Flowers.

Carol Daisy

Friday, April 29, 2011

Spanish Lavender in Silk Ribbon

Here is another Lavender Variety,
created by using simple
Ribbon Stitches and French Knots.

For the  three flowers:
1 metre of each Cascade House
Silken Ribbon 4990 and 5300
30 cms. Green Silken Ribbon 7560
30 cms. of   7 mm Mauve

Step 1:   Mark out a simple outline for the stems and
flower body.
Chain Stitch using 3 strands DMC 647 Embroidery Thread
for the stem and then I have wrapped it with another
3 strands.
This gives it a slightly rounded and raised appearance.

Step 2:    Fill the ovals with French Knots starting with the paler
Silken Ribbon scattered randomly and then add a few more in
the deeper Lavender Colour.
I try not to pull these as tight, so they
will sit above the others to create a layer effect.

Step 3:   After completing the 3 Flower Heads add some
larger Wings at the tip with  7 mm. Mauve.
These can be varied from 1 - 3 Ribbon Stitches
some flat with others twisted to add to the appearance.

Step 4:   Lastly add long narrow leaves to the lower
ends of the stem.

As with the earlier Lavender Tutorial add this to small
gifts, just adorable as a decoration to a pouch filled
with Dried Lavender.
Great Idea for a  Mothers Day gift and more personal
as your own creation. 

Carol Daisy

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lavender in Silk Ribbon

Silk Ribbon Tutorial - Lavender

Lavender a flower quite often worked in Silk Ribbon Embroidery
on Perfume Sachets, Pillows, gifts bags etc.
It is an easy flower to replicate in SRE and can be created in a
few different ways.  You may have seen a much simpler design
with the flower petals fanning out as a leaf.
However, I prefer to put a little more effort into the
design myself. So this is my impression of Lavender.

Step 1: Mark out a simple design as below, these
are then worked in Stem Stitch with 2 strands of
 embroidery thread.

Step 2:  The flower heads are created in this instance with
4 mm. Cascade House Silken Ribbon 5300

Ribbon Stitch beginning at the tip of the stalk and working
 backwards up the stem.  Have the hoop with the flower tip closest to you.

Step 3:  Each Ribbon Stitch is made at a slight angle, loose
and full ( not flat on the fabric ) .
 This is achieved by making a larger petal than required
 and then pushing it back to give a slight rise in the ribbon

The Petals can be coming from each side of the
Stem Stitch Branch, but in this example I have
taken some across the stitching and then
the alternate stitch is tucked in under it.
I feel this makes it appear more dimensional
and hides some of the stem.
after all you would not see all the stem in the real flower.
I prefer to alternate the stitches rather than working
down one side and then the other.

Step 4:   Embroider all the flower heads, keeping them
as uniform in size as possible.

Step 5:  Add Ribbon Stitch Leaves as shown.
in 4 mm. Cascade House Silken Ribbon 7560

Step 6:  An option is to add a Bud with Ribbon Stitches overlapping
and a few green leaves at the base.


Step 7:  Add a co-ordinating ribbon to tie off in a bow,
Place the ribbon through the eye of the needle only
Take it through the one side of the stems and back out.
Make a sweet little bow. 

See also Spanish Lavender Tutorial.
Thank you all for your continuing support, it has been sometime
since I have been able to do a Tutorial Posting hope
you all enjoy this one.

Carol Daisy