Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial - Tulips


Simply constructed in Ribbon Stitch, the effect of the petals are changed by
using Side Ribbon Stitch. Instead of taking the needle through the centre of 
the ribbon, place the eye of the needle on the left or right seam of the ribbon.
As the needle is pulled through the ribbon curls toward the entry point, thus
giving the petal a slight rolled edge. As with Iris the leaves are stitched in the
same manner. With a fold, curled, straight, or twisted.

Step 1: Using a side stitch for the centres.

Step 2: Make 2 more ribbon stitches for the outer
petals, just slightly shorter length than the centre.

Step 3: The stem is tightly twisted ribbon as in the iris.
next add some leaves.

Using a hand dyed ribbon, the colours can be changed as you progress to the
outer petals. Even to the point that the ribbon can be cut into sections, so
you have the variance in colour needed at each step.

Hint: By placing for eg. a toothpick or thin crochet hook over the
ribbon stitch, wrapping the ribbon over the toothpick and pulling through,
the ribbon is slightly raised and has more curl for the tip of the petal. 
( also prevents the ribbon from pulling too tight ).

I have had to work this in a 7 mm ribbon to show the detail in the photos.
Believe me it looks a lot better in 4 mm. ribbon.
As above if using 4 mm. ribbon, use a spare needle to shape the ribbon around.

Carol Daisy

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial - Loop Flower

Flowers made in Loop Stitch

You may use 2, 4, 7 or 13 mm. Ribbon to make Loop Flowers. If you wish mark a circle for the centre
 of the flower, approximately the size of the bead or

pearl that will be added on completion.

( Using an erasable pen ) Naturally, you need to increase the centre with the size of ribbon being used. This is needed to allow room for the threaded ribbon and allows for the petals to be flat.

Also mark the position of each petal.

If using this diagram, the ribbon comes through the
 outside mark of the circle, is taken over the rod 
and put back down inside the circle.

Hint: Cut 2 lengths of dowel ( approx. 10 cms in length )

to work this stitch. Sand the ends well, so as not to snag the silk ribbon. 
Chop sticks can be used, but they are not of a consistent width, so petals
sizes can vary. Loop Stitch is done with a continual flow of ribbon and 
is easy for the ribbon petals to move, as you are working on them. 
Because of this I use the dowel rods. The loops are kept of an even size 
and it stops the previous stitch pulling through.

                                                                                                                                      Step 1: Take Ribbon from outside of circle over the rod, to the inside

of circle. Take care the ribbon is completely flat. Flatten out at the base,
by running the needle under it.

As in Ribbon Stitch tutorial. 
Keep tension on the ribbon, so that it is firm around the rod. 
If you do this every time, the petals will all be a 
uniform size.

Step 2: Repeat this step with the 2nd. rod.

Step 3: Remove 1 st. rod, for use in 3rd petal. 
Keep working in this pattern till all loops are done.

Step 4: All petals done stitch down the ribbon end
at the back and add a pearl centre. 

Other options: Small cluster of seed beads, French Knots
in Thread or Ribbon. This flower is in 7 mm. Ribbon. ( 6 Petals ) 
If using 4 mm. ribbon the flower would be smaller or have more petals.

Have some fun with this stitch.
There is not one particular flower I use this stitch for, but in Australia Impatiens come to mind.

Imitate by making it a smaller size with 
5 petals.

With a loose French Knot Centre.

Carol Daisy

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial - Small Iris

As I mentioned in the earlier lesson
on the Bearded Iris, this is a more
petite version of an Iris in 4 mm. ribbon.

Step 1: Make a loose detached chain for the lower petal.

Step 2: If you wish change over to another colour or use the same one.
Make Two Ribbon Stitches to the side as above, leaving a area in the middle.

Step 3: Take three Ribbon Stitches upwards,
using the open area in the centre.
This will cover where the side stitches have begun.

Step 4: Thread on 4 mm Yellow Ribbon,
and make One Ribbon Stitch into the Detached Chain, Lower Petal.

Step 5: Make stems with tightly rolled 7 mm. Green
Ribbon, straight or folded Ribbon Stitch Leaves as in the
earlier lesson.

Bud: Overlap three Ribbon Stitches for the bud, and place
some small Ribbon Stitches in green around them.
( I much prefer to do the leaves and stems for the Flower
in 7 mm.and change to 4 mm. for the stem and Bud Calyx. )

This is a rather simple flower to do and if in a grouping as an Iris Bulb would be
looks great.

Carol Daisy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial - Iris

Creating Irises in Silk Ribbon

As you would no doubt see in the bulb catalogues, Irises are available in so many varieties these days. The following is my version of a Bearded Iris.

This is being stitched with pieces of my own hand dyed 7 mm Ribbon.

Step 1: Two Ribbon Stitches downwards, slightly crossing.

Step 2: Two Ribbon Stitches coming from the Centre,
with a slight curve.

Step 3: With the option of a second coloured ribbon,
three ribbon stitches, facing up.

Step 4: With the same ribbon as Step 1 - place 1
loose ribbon stitch, 3/4 of the way up. Press down
with your fingers on the already formed petals,
to stop them pulling as you take the needle and
ribbon through. One French Knot with 4 mm.
Yellow Ribbon. ( Be careful when placing this Knot
that it does not go through the other ribbon stitches. )

Step 5: 7 mm. green ribbon coming from under
the flower, give it a tight twist and place the needle
through the base into the material, as in a ribbon
stitch. You may wish to take some matching thread
through in places to hold it flat on the fabric.
Make a folded Ribbon Stitch for one leaf.
This is done by stitching down with the matching
thread, and then folding over and completing as normal.

Step 6: Then for variety add some straight leaves, pulling the
ribbon away to create a point. Many more leaves can
be added, than I have done. This would also be the case if
you were stitching a group of Irises.

Next blog, we shall delve into more delicate irises in 4 mm. ribbon.

Hint: Should you have a Bulb Catalogue on hand they are excellent to give detail
and colour suggestions of the flowers.

Carol Daisy