Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bees and Ladybugs in SRE

Field of Daisies Pincushion Kit

Again we are using Ribbon Stitch, this time to create some
cute bees. 
1st:  Stitch 3 - 4  Ribbon Stitches over laping and slightly curved
to give shape to the flower.  This is done simply by combining
straight Ribbon Stitches and a few with the needle being placed
to the side of the ribbon to curl and shape.

Refer to the Ribbon Stitch Tutorial

2nd:  Use 2 strands of Black Thread to produce the stripes,
legs, and eyes, these are French Knots - 1 Strand to add the
antenna and stinger. 

3rd:  The wings here in this example are 7 mm. Organza Ribbon,
Silk can also be used. Add 2 Ribbon Stitches.

Daisy Chain Kit

1st:  With an erasable pen I have outlined the
body shape of the Ladybird,then with 3 strands
of black embroidery thread filled it with french knots
with slightly bigger knots in the centre. 
I have done this to give a raised
body - optional.

2nd:  I added 3 very small ribbon stitches at the tip to
form the head, and 2 ribbon stitches through the 
centre of the body. This is to allow for an opening
of the wings in the centre.
The eyes are yellow kreinik thread.  
If you have a small seed bead this may be used. 
At the time I could not find one small enough.

3rd: Add the legs and feelers  in black thread
- 1 strand or metallic thread.


4th:  The red Ladybirds are in 4 mm. and the
gold is in 7 mm. Silk Ribbon. With the 7 mm.
I only needed the two ribbon stitches.
The 4 mm. has taken four, 2 each side leaving 
a centre gap as though it is about to fly away. 
5th:   You can now add some spots.
- French Knots or Beads.

No need to replicate nature with these, you
could go way out with bold colours, larger,
add sequins and beads for a more whimsical 
or artistic impression.

Have fun with these, add them to your 
embroidered gardens and bring
some life to it.

Carol Daisy