Silk Ribbon Embroidery Project
Pincushions – Field of Daisies
For a Detailed pattern refer to Forever Spring Pin Cushion
( Pattern not included, the daisies can be worked freehand )
Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Ribbon Stitch and French Knots.
Materials: Equipment – 100 mm. ( 4” ) Embroidery Hoop with option of
150 mm. ( 6 “ ) Hoop.
Chenille and Crewel Needles
Silk Dupion, Panne Velvet, Braid, Plastic insert and backing fabric.
Sewing Thread, Wadding and Pellon.
Ribbons: Assortment of 4 mm. Ribbons for Flowers and Bees.
Threads: Green Thread for Stems and Lazy Daisy Leaves, Yellow for Daisy Centres,
Dark Yellow for body of Bees, Black for Bee Stripes, Eyes and Stinger.
Instructions: Pre-wash all Ribbons. Dry and iron on a Low Silk Setting. Cut a piece
of Pellon larger than the size of the embroidery area to enable you to fit
this in the hoop. Using tacking stitches add this to the back of your fabric.
With a chalk or water erasable pen, mark an area of 30 cm. Long and 5 cm.
High for your area to embroider.
Daisies: Mark areas first if you wish, or do it as you progress. The circle for the full
daisies should be between 1 cm.and 1.5 cm. Diameter. Work small ribbon
stitches in a circular pattern within the ring, leaving a small area free in the
centre. As the stitches are so small take care to spread the ribbon after
bringing the needle back up to the front. This will help to give a fuller petal,
than if the ribbon is slightly twisted. You can achieve different shapes in the
petals by the way that you pull the ribbon. Pull directly down, it will be
slightly rounded at the tip. Pull the ribbon from underneath to the right, gently
and the petal will have more of a point. Always put your finger on the petal
as you are pulling the needle through the fabric. This helps to shape the petal
and you can feel the ribbon sliding through, and gives you a guide so you
don't pull too tightly and loose the shape. If you have pulled too far, take the
top of a needle and lift it slightly, you will see the petal tip come back up.
( This is just a case of experiment to achieve a different look and
this design is open to experiment. Just remember you are not making a
replica of a flower, and every flower in a nature is not perfect. )
French Knots in the paler yellow, 2 strands and doing 3 wraps.
Fabric In Hoop – Ribbon Stitches and French Knots.
Fabric out of Hoop – Lazy Daisy Stitch, Stem Stitch and Satin Stitch.
Buds: Work small buds of 1- 3 Ribbon Stitches, with small Lazy Daisy Stitches
on each side. Larger buds can be made also and even some drooping
Stems: Once you have completed all the flowers, proceed with 1 Strand of the Green
thread and stem stitch all the stems and scatter leaves from the stems and
between the daisy petals.
Bees: With Darker Yellow Thread, 2 Strands make small straight stitches ( Satin
Stitch ) in body shape. One Strand of Black Thread make approx. 3 stripes
on the body, a small French Knot for the eye and stinger. Using White ribbon
2 small Ribbon Stitches in a V shape.
Using matching Sewing Thread hand stitch the braid to the material. Trim the fabric
back to 35 cm length x 12 cm deep. Place the backing fabric behind the pellon to
protect your stitches and stitch this on. Zig Zag or Overlock the edges. Machine stitch
the fabric, wrong sides facing, leaving a gap each end of 5 cm at least. Turn tube back
to right sides facing out. Pin the two ends facing right sides together and stitch only
half way. ( Embroidery side to form a circle ). Insert plastic piece, crossing over the
ends. Close over with small slip stitches.
Make up pillow, leaving an opening for inserting the wadding. Fill and close with slip
stitch. Place inside the Embroidered Ring.