For centuries, embroidery has been a source of satisfaction, relaxation and pleasure for women and men of all ages. Handmade items are made with love and care, and can be something to treasure for ourselves, or a way of passing on something of ourselves to others, be they friends, family or generations to come.
In times past, when women worked without the help of modern conveniences, decorations and embellishments may have been few. Embroidery was a way for women to simply and cheaply, make something useful into something of beauty as well. Just as in times of mass produced, disposable goods, our " electronic age ", to take time out to sit and sew can be therapeutic, rewarding and satisfying.
Ribbon Embroidery is one of the easiest and simplest embroidery techniques to learn. By learning a few quick and simple embroidery stitches and basic ribbon stitches, you have the knowledge to create a multitude of silk ribbon projects, whose delicacy and richness, belie how easy they are to make. Ribbon Embroidery is much quicker than many other embroidery techniques, such as Cross Stitch, meaning much less time in which to have a finished item to show off and be proud of.
Silk ribbon is now available in many different widths, colours, dyes and blends. Experimenting with these can add a whole different or extra dimension to your work, and are surprisingly quick to make.
Silk Ribbon Embroidery emerged in Europe in the 17 th Century, and quickly spread to the colonies. It was primarily used to embellish the clothing of the elite and wealthy, who wanted their gowns to be unique and often had extensive wardrobes,
Silk Ribbon Embroidery became fashionable not only on clothes, but on reticules
( small handbags ) caps and gloves. Shoes were embroidered to match coats and gowns. Over time, women used it to embellish all sorts of items, such as shawls and blankets, as well as other home wares.