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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Carol Daisy's Craft Room Lesson 3

Lesson 3:  Ribbon Stitch and its applications

Preparation for this lesson


Choice of 7 mm Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon
Kacoonda 035 and 040 are excellent choices.
The variances in colour actually do the colouring for you.
To this I have added solid colour in Purple, Lilac and Mauve.
7 mm Gold for the Centres.
7 mm Peach/Gold Hand Dyed for buds. 
7 mm Hand Dyed for Leaves.
4 mm Soft Olive for Calyx and stems.
Black Rayon Thread

Small flower branches:

4mm solid colour Pale Pink
2 Tones Green Embroidery Cotton.
Darker Pink than Ribbon for French Knot Tips.

Finished Size 11 x 8 cms.

Close up photo of the pink branches. 
Stem Stitch the main branch in Green Embroidery Thread 2 Strands.
Ribbon Stitch is applied slightly away from the stem stitch. Add 1 or 2
French Knots in a darker pink embroidery thread 1 strand at the end sitting
inside the fold. 
Straight stitches in the same green are added to frame the buds and connect
to the main stem. The slender leaves varying in single to clusters are also in straight stitch.

As an Australian I can see this used to interpret many of our Native Flowering Bushes. Geraldton Wax, Grevilleas for eg. and am sure there would be other
varieties wherever you may live.

Fly Stitch can be an alternative as a
background if you want to bring the
Ribbon Work to the forefront.  It is easier to fill in the gaps with the use of embroidery thread.  Sometimes too much of the work in Ribbon can over power what you want to achieve.
You will see that in the free designs I have used this stitch to create a fern or baby's breath to balance off a design.
The Pansy Buds are 2 or 3 Ribbon Stitches in 7 mm Ribbon and I have
added different colours of ribbon
to enhance the areas of the Pansy.

For instructions and Tutorial on 
Embroidery Stitches Follow the Link 
to the top Right of my Blog and visit  Sharron has loads of stitches you can learn from and use with Ribbon Embroidery. 

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Carol Daisy

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I am including pansies in my current project so it is timely.