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


  1. Thank you for the tutorial. Ribbon embroidery is gorgeous.

  2. I love your blog, but I truly wish the pictures were capable of enlarging. At 72, my eyes really would love it if your pictures were larger so I could see the details well.
    Hugs from New Hampshire