Sunday, October 29, 2017


Silk Ribbon Embroidered Bookmarks 

Week 2 of the challenge. 
It has been great working on these and finding scraps of laces and ribbon to use. You may find other options in your stash. 

I came across this great tutorial by Christie, as a 
Diy Ribbon Book Mark.

and thought they would look gorgeous as an 
embroidered item.

Follow the link above to see how Christie made hers, the only main difference with my effort is that the ribbon has to be longer to cover the Embroidered area.
Whatever length you need for the completed item
 add half again 
eg. Finished length  42 cms ( 16.5 inches)  
 add 21 cms  (8.5 inches) for the fold over and seams.
Length of Ribbon to start 63 cms (25 inches)

For the ribbon lengths to be inserted in the hoop I 
tacked the lengths onto a piece of interfacing.
This is easily cut or torn off when completed and gives a base to stitch down the ribbons.

1.  Pink Grosgrain Ribbon 25 mm (1 inch)
3 Hand Dyed Lace Motifs, Pearl Centres,
 Sequin Cupped Flowers with smaller pearl centre,
 Pressed Glass Flowers.
Silver Hair Tie, Mother of Pearl Button. Running Stitch
of Kreinik Lilac Thread at the edges.

2.Cream Grosgrain Ribbon 25 mm (1 inch) 
 Trellis of Roses, Rosebuds and Leaves in Ribbon Stitch.
Small Butterfly Lace Motif and Button, Pink Hair Tie.
For instruction on how to complete Roses and Rosebuds.
Tutorial: Rosebuds

Ribbon Stitch  or Side Bar for these and other flowers. 

3.  Two Tone Wired Taffeta Green Ribbon  25 mm ( 1 inch)
Pansies - 3 and Buds.
Scattering of Metallic Black/ Bronze Seed Beads. 
Black Elastic threaded through a length of
 fine black trim and stitched at ends to
 form a circle. Mauve/ Brass Button.

4.  Two Tone Wired Cream Pink Taffeta 25 mm ( 1 inch ) 
Small Hand Dyed Lace Pieces, Sequin Flowers, 
Glass Pressed Flowers, Bee Charm. Bronze/ Pearl Button.

5. As shown in top image is a row of Dragonflies in 
Silk Ribbon Embroidery.
Tutorial : Insects

Notes: A small piece of stiffening can be placed between the layers to give a stronger base for the button, as the taffeta ribbons are quite soft.
The wire can be removed from the taffeta edge after completing the embroidery, but it does tend to fray
 once you do this. 

These would also look great embroidered onto a
young girls hair band.

Carol Daisy

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Silk Ribbon Embroidered Cuff - Ribbon Stitch 

Week 1 - Weekly Handmade Gift Challenge

Silk Ribbon Embroidered Cuff.

Materials/ Notions:

1 Piece of Dupioni Silk - Length determined by wrist
 measurement. For my own 18 x 14 cms
Lace 5 cms width so 9 cms was allowed for the fold and stitching to close over.
Lace Remnant with a pattern to enhance with the Silk Ribbon.
( However Straight lace and freehand Silk Ribbon Embroidery can still apply).
1 Small Piece of Pellon. 5 x 18 cms.
1 Small Piece of Stiffening such as Buckram (Not adhesive) to give the bracelet shape.
4.5 x 16 cms ( Allowing for the side hem without bulk - cut later to shape.)
Silk Ribbon 7 mm. ( for this example approximately 3 metres)
Small Pearls - Centre and Small 11/0 Gold Seed Beads.
Toggle Set or Bracelet Clasps for closure.
Sewing Thread, Beading Thread.Chenille, Beading,
 Embroidery Needles.

Tack the Lace into position, I usually use a different colour thread, much easier to see and pull out later.
Once you have completed the Embroidery, this should hold the lace in position. 
I then proceeded to overlock the four sides as I know from experience how quickly dupioni can fray.

On wrong side with loose tacking stitches position and
stitch the pellon into position.
This is a good base to stitch down the ribbons ends.

Place the Fabric into an Embroidery Hoop and with 7 mm Ribbon I have worked Ribbon Stitch petals into the lace.
( Naturally you can adapt the embroidery to suit the lace underlay.)

(My example is with Kacoonda Hand Dyed Ribbon 015 with beautifully soft variances from Rose Pink to Light Olive.
Should you wish to use a solid colour you would have a
bold display of colour and would need to add a 2nd or 
3 get the same effect. This is were the variances in
hand dyed ribbon is such an excellent option. 

The flowers are embroidered in Ribbon Stitch, a quite simple stitch for beginners, for the Tutorial Link
 Ribbon Stitch or find it at the site bar as a stitch tutorial.

Once the Embroidery is completed, I have added a small pearl, surrounded by gold seed beads with
 Beading Thread and the Beading Needle.

P.S. I went a little too far with the embroidery, by not allowing an area at each end to do the machine stitching. Made it a little more difficult. 
Close over at both ends by folding the bare silk
back across the front as a double layer and machine stitch
just the ends. Turn back out to right sides. Press.

  I did iron over a 10 mm fold and that needs to 
be closest to the embroidery, so that once it is turned back out this will become the  seam to stitch the bracelet closed.

Machine stitch the ends on the wrong side. Turn right side out, press.
Before closing off the back, I used a heavy embroidery thread to
add the toggles and extended them 5 mm ( need the length to thread the toggle through).

If adding a bracelet clamp close off the whole bracelet before  pushing on the clamp.
I didn't have one at the time so I improvised, with the toggle set. 

Carol Daisy

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekly Handmade Gift Challenge

I invite you to join me in the Challenge over the next 7 weeks.  Hopefully we can make a small difference, to the waste we create.

My main challenge will be using items I have in my Craft Studio, but there are loads of Blogs and sites out there to learn from.

Here are just a few:

Lets get our thinking caps on and you never know we may
solve some of our Christmas Gift Issues.

Carol Daisy