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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Petite Ribbon Rose

Twirled Ribbon Rose.

Suitable for 2 mm. or  4 mm.  Pure Silk Ribbon
You may wish to use other ribbon other than
Pure Silk put personally, I do not believe that you 
will get it to curl and shape as it should. 

Step 1:  Take your Ribbon through
to the front in the position you wish
your Rose to be placed. ( Easier if
the Silk Ribbon has been pre ironed)
Stitch the tail of the ribbon in place
at the back of your fabric with matching
thread. Leave this thread attached as
you will be using it  to hold the completed
rose in place. 
Hold the ribbon away from the fabric and
twist in an anti clockwise direction until the
ribbon is tightly twisting and starting to buckle.

( Note: the tighter the twist the small and 
closer the curls in the finished rose.
Also by executing this with too much length
in the ribbon the silk
- 2 or 3 roses per length is best)

 Step 2:  Hold the ribbon 5 cms
( 2  inches )  away from the fabric.
Fold the ribbon over, holding the
two together at the base and let
it twist around itself. Keep a finger
on it at the base, taking the needle
back through close to the entry point.

Step 3: Very gently pull the ribbon
through until this double twist moves
into the shape of a rose.

Step 4:   Bring the needle of matching thread
up to the front and place a few tiny stitches
to hold it in position. Take extra care that
you do not dislodge the rose.  I use the
tip of my nail to hold it in place, as I do this.
Then if  you  wish  place a small
pearl or seed bead for the centre.

Totally unravel ribbon before threading through to
the front for the next Rose.

By using a hand dyed ribbon you will create highlights
through the rose,  but be aware that  Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon 
with a high density of colour will stay in a much tighter
twist, and at Step 2 will not twist around itself so well.
Therefore the completed roses will not be
as soft and delicate. Compare the pale pink one
with the top picture and you will see what I mean.  

Suggested uses for such a delicate rose:

Baby clothing such as headbands, bootees, or smocking.

I have added it also to wedding accessories, such as
garters and good luck charms. 

Crazy Patch Workers this could help to add interest to a
seam embellishment, by making your own ribbon braid.

Great for imitating climbing tea roses, just imagine a 
garden trellis with these roses and greenery weaving 
through the framework.

Carol Daisy


  1. Very lovely, It was nice to see it in person, and you of course :-). I showed the lace I dyed to the ladies at craft today. They thought it was lovely.

  2. OOHHH Thanks so much for such a lovely tutorial!! I am just beginning my journey into silk ribbon embroidery and I love your work!! I am off to try to create this rose!!!

  3. Thank you for this tutorial. This was a case where pictures were necessary (or a least for me).

  4. Lovely work you people done..i like it..really....Lovely rose embroidered ..So natural and lovely.....