Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rose Loveheart Blanket

Could also be embroidered with Two Hearts intertwined.

Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, Spider Web Rose,
Detached Chain, Ribbon Stitch, Running
Stitch / Colonial Knot Combination., Y Stitch.

Prewash the ribbons, then when dry, iron on a
silk setting before starting.
To transfer the design onto fleece, I suggest using  netting
or light organza and a pencil. Trace the design on this from the pattern, then with a dressmakers chalk or water erasable pen  transfer it to the fleece. You may find though that the pen, is a
 little more difficult to remove from the fleece.

Firstly using  Embroidery Cotton Thread ( 2 strands )
 stem stitch the outline of the heart. 
( Or for a more raised frame, wrapped chain )
Cut a piece of wadding the size of the blanket, and tack it 
to the fleece. Take matching cotton thread and make a spoke 
for the spider web rose, one at a time and embroider.
So as not to get the ribbon tangled in the other threads.

Spider Web Roses:
After making the spoke, do not cut thread, leave it at the back of your work. Thread ribbon 25 cm in length onto Chenille Needle supplied.
Bring it up to the centre of one of the spokes, leaving a short tail
at the back of the fabric. Stitch down with thread.
Twist the ribbon and thread through the spokes. When completed bring needle to back of fabric, carefully take ribbon through wadding and stitch down. Should you have enough ribbon on the needle, you can take the needle over to a position to do a bud. ( At
least 10 cm. Ribbon left on the needle to do this. )

Complete all Spider Web Roses in this way.

Stem Stitch in Green thread, the stems of the Leaves. Place fabric now in Embroidery Hoop. All the other stitching can be done with fabric in the hoop.

Detached Chain Buds: This stitch is the same as Lazy Daisy in Thread. Cut Ribbon no longer than 25 cm. and make the buds in each group. With green thread make small straight stitches at the tips and Y stitch around the bud and add a stem.

Ribbon Stitch Leaves: With green ribbon make all the leaves, be careful not to pull the ribbon after each one, best if you keep your finger on the last completed stitch while you are making your next.

Running Stitch / Colonial Knot Combination: Follow the instructions given, wrapping the ribbon around the needle,
hold that firm and make small running stitches down to the base
of the ribbon. Pull through as in colonial knots, taking it slowly
and let the ribbon run through under your finger, so it doesn't curl and knot. Pull gently and keep an eye on it, you will see the centre form as you do so. ( Should you have problems with this, use a large French Knot in the ribbon )

Final Step is to make the bead flowers. Stitch the centre coloured bead down first and then string the others on to the thread and
stitch into a circle. Add stitches between to keep flat.

Make up Blanket with backing and trim as you wish. Ribbon Embroidery can be hand-washed in a soft washing detergent. Should the ribbon droop slightly, hold a STEAM IRON
above it and the steam should lift it slightly. Do Not press the ribbon once you have stitched it in.

This can be any size you wish, copy and
enlarge to whatever size you desire.

For further assistance go to the stitch tutorials.
Running Stitch / Colonial Knot is worked the
same way as Running Stitch / French Knot.
Colonial Knot is contructed in a figure 8 
and will give a higher centre to the flower.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Detached Chain Free Designs

Flower combinations in 4 mm . Silk Ribbon

These are from a discontinued Introductory Kit.
Satin -n-Cream on a Baby Quilt or for Doll Collectors.
But I am sure you will find many other uses.

The single stem was added at each corner of the quilt.
The design above was a feature on the edge of a pillowslip.

Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Detached Chain 
and  Y Stitch.

Detached Chain is the same stitch as Lazy Daisy only done
in ribbon. There are two ways to stitch these. One is with
 the fabric in the frame, in which case the needle and ribbon will have to be taken through in a horizontal position. Or
 option two out of the hoop freehand, if doing it this way, be
careful to not gather up the material. With a hoop it is 
easier to keep the material firm.
To keep the petals flat, put a finger through the loop and 
make sure the ribbon is not twisted, before pulling the needle through, this will give the petals a flatter appearance. 
 Complete all the daisy's, then stitch down the beads for the centre.
With 1 strand of the thread, stem stitch the stems to the buds,
 Y stitch around the base of the bud and two straight stitches
 for the calyx. Next add some lazy daisy leaves, in 1 strand also.
 ( You may place these where there is a gap in the petals and on the
stems ). 


Carol Daisy

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Foxgloves in Silk Ribbon

Foxgloves - A Beautiful Majestic Flower.

I have used photos taken at the Carnival for inspiration,  
as where I live in the sub tropics they are never seen.

This ribbon has varying shades from soft pink to a crisp
white. Leaves are in 7 mm. Sullivans Moss. 
Because of the loose nature of this stitch, you will 
require approx. 60 cms. of  Silk Ribbon for each 
completed flower.  I feel it is worth it though, don't you.

Step 1:   Embroidery thread to match the Green Ribbon,
      work a row of Stem Stitches for the stalk 
 approx. 7 cms.

Step 2:  With the 7 mm. Pink Ribbon I have made each                     flower head with a very loose French Knot
            taking the needle back through the ribbon at 
            the base. 
            Taper the flower heads, starting with 4 at the
            base, then 3, thinning out at the tip for the new     


Step 3:      I have added Fly Stitches in the green thread,
around the new buds to the stalk.

Step 4:    Add French Knots ( 3 wraps ) in  Kreinik Metallic     Thread in each flower head.
 ( Leave the smaller bud knots ) .

Step 5:    Leaves in Ribbon Stitch.


Carol Daisy

Friday, October 22, 2010

FREE SRE DESIGN - Spider Web Combinations



Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects 

Here are some simple combinations for this simple stitch.
For further direction view the posting on Spider Web Roses


Stitches Used: Spider Web Rose, Stem Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, French Knots,
Ribbon Stitch, Straight Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch.

Ribbons: Spider Web Roses – Two Tone   4 mm. Pale Pink and Pink Ribbon
Rose Leaves – Green Ribbon – 4 mm.
French Knot Flowers -- DMC Rayon Floss Lilac and Cream 
Stem and Leaf - Stem Stitch – DMC Thread Green
Straight Stitch at Rosebud Tip – DMC Thread 
( Or Threads of your choice )

The Rosebuds are worked in Detached Chain Stitch, with three small ribbon stitches in
green ribbon for the Sepals. Thread Crewel Needle with Pink Embroidery Thread and
make 2 small straight stitches at the top of the bud.

            French Knot Flowers:  2 Strands of Lilac and 3 wraps. 
            Centre:  2  Strands of Cream and 3 wraps make the centre.
            Next stem stitch the vines to make the circle ---
            Lazy Daisy leaves in Thread at each French Knot Flower.

            Do the Spider Web Rose last 
           ( this avoids getting the threaded
            needle caught on the exposed Spider Web Ribbon )


Finally complete by doing Rose Leaves in Ribbon Stitch, coming 
from under the rose.

Spider Web Rose is a very quick stitch and can be varied by changing the
combinations around it. Suitable for delicate work such as accessories for
the bride, lingerie, baby's clothes, and any item of a delicate nature.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunflowers in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Hi  Everyone, 
Sorry it has been so long.  You know what it is like, 
not enough hours in the day.
You have your day planned out and 
then *** bingo, it takes a whole new direction. 
These days most of my time seems to be taken
up with administration and not so much time
actually doing SRE.  It is so peaceful to just
spend the time working with Silk Ribbons,
sometimes I even get withdrawal symptoms.

I took some photos of these brilliant
Sunflowers while in Brisbane
earlier this year.
So large bright and cheery, even
with showers threatening

The Silk Ribbon I am using is a 
hand dyed
Dinky Dyes 4 mm. Wattle.
Available from 
Daisys Garden Online.
One flower took less
than 1 metre.

There are many varieties of Sunflowers with a varying
number of petals, but for this exercise I am creating 
24 Petals.
So logically you need to average 6 petals in each quarter, slightly crossing over into the next.

Step 1:  On Main Fabric -
Mark out a circle for the 
Full Version with a diameter of  
3.5 cms.  ( 1 1/4 inches )
and an inner circle of  1.5 cms.
(1/2 inch ).
Button: As per the Cosmos 
Tutorial make the centre of the 
Sunflower, by working  it 
separately on a piece
of calico or cotton.
(Placed firmly in a Hoop )
marking the area the same 
size 1.5 cms. ( 1/2 inch).

Step 2: Using Embroidery Thread,
fill the calico button with
French Knots. 
Inner area: 
Firm French Knots :- 2 wraps
2 strands Green 
1  Strand Mustard Yellow.
Outer area:  
Loose Knots :- 3 wraps
2 strands Brown
1 strand Mustard Yellow.
Cut around as shown.

Step 3:  With double Sewing Thread
make small tacking stitches approx.
5 mm. from the Knots and gather 
the calico neatly underneath, tie
off securely, so it does not loosen.
Leave cotton and  embroidery
threads attached.  Put aside.

Step 4:  Main Fabric.
Proceed with Ribbon Stitches
starting at the inner marked circle,
and ending with  the needle
through just outside  the outer circle.
Not every petal has to be perfect, make 
some folded or twisted, for a more 
realistic flower head.


Step 5: With all the Petals 
completed it may not look 
effective, but it will
once you have added the 
premade button.

Place it in the centre stitching down 
firmly with the sewing thread.

Add  tacking stitches with the
matching embroidery threads around
the outside, so that the calico does
not show through.

Step 6:
 Leaves added in 13 mm. Bottle Green Silk Ribbon
 appearing  from between the flower petals.

For instructions on Folded Ribbon Stitch you may refer to the tutorial on the Iris

Side Ribbon Stitch Tulip Tutorial

Another option for Sunflower is to create

the Ribbon Stitches as shown and add
Seed Beads for the Centre.
Silk Ribbon Embroidery is always enhanced with
the addition of Stitches in thread.
Adding stems, leaves, background detail, 
french knots centres to name a few.

You will notice a new link at the top right 
of the screen, Stitch Dictionary, with the
compliments of Sharon from Pin Tangle an
accomplished embroiderer and online teacher
with a vast knowledge of textiles.
Should you be in need of stitch instructions
or looking for a new decorative stitch for a
project by all means have a look at this site. 

The beach at sunset overlooking Great Keppel
Island, where I am living at the moment.
I missed a great photo opportunity this morning,
two dolphins playing near the shore and have 
vowed to take the camera with me in 


Carol Daisy

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cosmos in Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Cosmos Flowers are stitched using
Dinky Dyes Argyle  7 mm. Silk Ribbon

I must apologise for the delay in getting this tutorial

online.  My left index finger had a slight mishap with
a sharp knive, thus removing a piece of skin.
Needless to say you probably all have tried to work
with a sore finger and bandaid, but for me does not
give the best results. 

Sunflowers and Cosmos are two flowers which come to
mind for this effect.  When you are replicating a flower with a raised centre, in the case of  Cosmos, Dahlias, Daisies etc. the pistils in the centre of the flower are quite prominent.

Firstly, decide on the size of the full flower, sketch it onto the fabric. Leaving an inner circle.
To create these pistils the easiest I find is to use a small square of calico, placed very firmly and taut in an embroidery hoop.
With a pencil make a circle the size that you wish for the centre
of the flower, allowing a little extra to cover where the ribbon
petals have begun.

You now have 2 Options:

1.  French Knots in Embroidery Thread.

2.  Small seed beads.

1.   Mark a circle the required size on calico.

2.  Fill this area with French Knots, using Embroidery Thread.  In this eg. 2 strands
of thread and 3 wraps of the needle for each one.
With 7 mm. Ribbon construct the Flower Petals in Ribbon Stitch. Work clockwise
overlapping each one.  In the case of the Cosmos Flower keep the tip as rounded as possible Whereas if it was a 
Daisy or Sunflower they would be finer and more pointed.

3.  Mark another circle outside of this to give you a gathering line.
Thread a needle with a double sewing cotton to match the yellow.
You may wish to cut the calico into a smaller piece at this point, so as it will not be too bulky when set down in the flower .

Gather the calico up with the thread and sew
down the fabric as flat as possible. ( As you
would when covering a button. )
4.  With this needle still attached, take it
through the centre of your ribbon petals
and stitch it  down firmly.
Should you feel there are some empty

spaces, add a few more French Knots in the Yellow Embroidery Thread.

5.  Next step if you wish to show the stems, add this with twisted 4 mm.couched down in places to stop it 

The buds are Ribbon Stitch in 4 mm. Yellow
with  Green 4 mm. Calyx.
The leaves I have stitched using 4 mm. Green
in Ribbon Stitch, by completing it the same
way as you would with a Satin Stitch Leaf.
( They could also be a simple Ribbon Stitch
or made from Embroidery Thread. )

I shall be away next week for a holiday
staying with friends in Alice Springs the Red Centre
of Australia.  Hopefully I will be able to show
you many photos of the wildflowers following
the heavy rains they have received.

Happy Stitching till next time.

Carol Daisy

Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Additions to Free Designs

 Silk Ribbon Embroidery Projects

 Here are a few simple SRE Designs you may

wish to use in the future.

At the moment I do not have the equipment needed to
create an illustrated  pattern.
But I am sure you can get the idea from these photos. 

They were all worked within a 10 c x 10 cm. square.

Spider Web Roses ( Using Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon
to give the variance in colour. ( Dinky Dyes Sweet Pea
and Strawberry Ice would be perfect for this )

Ribbon Stitch Leaves
Detached Chain Buds , French Knots,
Y Stitch.  In Pinks, Cream, Olive and
Sage Green.

Loop Flower / pearl centre ( 7 mm. Silk Ribbon Mauve )
Ribbon Stitch Leaves,
Chain Stitch Frame, Lavender in French Knots with Stem
Stitch Spine.
Ribbon Stitch Daisy, Ribbon Stitch Bee. Straight Stitches
for the stripes, legs and French knot for the eye.
Antenna in Pistil Stitch.
French Knots in Embroidery Cotton for Daisy Centre.

Stem Stitch Branch, Ribbon Stitch  Leaves in Sage Green,
Running Stitch / French Knot Comb. Flowers.
Ribbon Stitch Butterflies.  Metallic Thread French
Knots fcr the markings, Body  is straight stitch
and pistil stitch.

Carol Daisy

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Detached Chain in Silk Ribbon

Detached Chain Stitch No. 2

In my earlier posting, the photo instructions 
were mainly focused on Lazy Daisy Stitch.
So I thought  you might like to see a more 
detailed tutorial in Silk Ribbon.

Satin - n - Cream Quilt Kit 

Detached Chain Flower spray to adorn a Satin Baby Quilt.
Could also be added to any Bridal Accessories.

Detached Chain Stitch
 is executed  in much the same way as Lazy Daisy.
It is best if you only use between 2 and  4 mm
 ribbons in this stitch. 
The wider ones are more difficult to shape.
The material may be held in an Embroidery Hoop 
or free in the hand. 
Most of my students have found it easier to use the 
hoop to begin with,
leaving both hands free to work  the ribbon.
When using a hoop it is difficult to take the needle diagonally across the fabric.
 The fabric being taut your fingers will suffer,
and I am sure you won't want to leave 
blood stains on your work. 

If doing this free hand take care that the fabric is not gathering as you stitch.

When using the ribbon I personally prefer the ribbon
to be flattened out and smooth. 
This gives a fuller petal. Whereas if you leave it 
with a twist then you get a thinner petal.

For an example here I have crossed the ribbon over
 at the top and did not straighten out the ribbon.
Not the same desired effect, do you agree.

The length of your first petal will determine the size
 of the completed flower. By having a longer petal, 
in turn you need a greater number of petals to 
fill the circle.

Place a finger into the loop before pulling it through
and straighten out the ribbon.

Take it a little slower than if you were working
 with thread, and you will have more control over the shaping of the petal.

By  taking the needle back through beyond the loop,
 you will be making a slight tip to the petal.

I have only created six petals to this flower, it would
 have been possible to add a seventh. 
( with 4 mm. ribbon ).

Instead I have filled the space with a leaf in the same stitch.  By  placing  it further down, and with the 
addition of a pearl, the flower takes shape.

Link to the Free Design of This Design

Everything you will need to create your
first Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

In Embroidery Thread Stem Stitch the stalk of the
leaf and add Detached Chain Leaves.
Also can be used for buds as in the Rosebud Tutorial.
So many uses for this Stitch, you will see it 
quite often in Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Carol Daisy