Monthly Archives: July 2014

Straight Stitch Tutorial with Silk Ribbon

Straight stitch is very common technique in ribbon embroidery, and there is a good reason for it. It’s one of the basic stitches which is very easy to make. Once you get the idea, you can embroider flowers, leaves, shrubs, and trees. The photo below might give you an idea of what good use you can put straight stitch into. Note that even the flower middles are tiny straight stitches here.Ribbon embroidery - straight stitch ex

Straight stitch with ribbon is made in a similar way to a stitch with embroidery floss, but there are a few things you need to keep an eye for. The general sequence of steps for the stitch is shown below. You can click on images to take a closer look if needed. Continue reading

Site News: Cushion Project and ‘How To’ Tips.

Time flies indeed! Proud to present you new issue of our fortnightly newsletter with fresh silk ribbon embroidery tutorials, projects and tips!

More options on our web store. Due to popular demand, we are now stocking shorter skeins of silk ribbon. Most colours are available in 3 or 5 meter long pieces. Regardless of the length all skeins are beautifully packed, which would make a perfect gift for your crafting friends!

Cushion with Silk Ribbon Roses tutorial - FinishedWe’ve completed the series of tutorials covering this lovely cushion project that would be accessible even for absolute beginners. All you need is some silk ribbon, couple of needles, and fabric. Thanks to the work being quick and easy, it could be perfect project for a weekend.

The tutorial consists of two parts. Part one covers embroidery on the front, and the second part is about sewing the cushion itself. If you don’t fancy the idea of making a cushion, the embroidery piece would also look fabulous on a bag or if finished as a hoop-art.
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Tutorial: Cushion with Silk Ribbon Roses

If you have been following updates of my blog, you probably recall the tutorial on those ribbon roses I posted last week. Back then I had a plan to finish the piece as a cushion. So here it is, sweet and pretty! To be honest with you, I finished it in no time at all, but it took me a while to put together the tutorial for this sewing adventure.

Cushion with Silk Ribbon Roses tutorial (1)

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery. How to thread a needle.

Today I wanted to share one simple but very handy hint about stitching with silk ribbon, that is how to thread a needle.

If you’ve already started making your first stitches, you might’ve spotted that silk ribbons are very slippery and are always trying to escape from needle’s eye, which can be very annoying! Good news that there is a smart way to tackle that little maddening thing! You can take a sneak peak at the image below, I’m going to show you how to do it in a minute.Threading the needle with ribbon Continue reading

Needles for Ribbon Embroidery

Cannot stress it more that it is very important to pick out the right needle when you stitch with silk ribbons as it affects not only on a final result, but helps you to use the ribbon wisely. Using  a wrong needle not only could make it difficult to work with it, but also may actually damage the ribbon. We don’t want that to happen as natural silk ribbons are not exactly a cheap commodity and require careful handling.

As a general rule use a chenille needle for ribbon embroidery. The chenille needle isn’t like your everyday sewing or stitching needle, it’s rather large, with a big eye and a sharp tip. Please look at the picture below to get an idea.

Needles for ribbon embroideryThere are three chenille needle sizes that are commonly used in ribbon embroidery:

  • Size 24 is for 2mm wide silk ribbon
  • Size 18 is perfect for 4mm and 7mm wide silk ribbon
  • Size 13 is for 13mm wide ribbon

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Stitching Roses Easily with Silk Ribbon

Today I’m posting a simple tutorial for a pattern that consists of just one stitch — spider web rose. It’s an easy one and does not require much prior experience in silk ribbon embroidery, but it rewards you with amazing results.

The project itself is a perfect match for a weekend ahead, and it does not take long at all to finish it.

What you need:

  1. 4mm wide silk ribbon. Using hand dyed silk ribbon you can get far superior results compared to plain-coloured one as colour irregularities and a variegated shade would give distinct life-like appearance to the roses. I used nine different shades just to show the look of different shades of ribbon that we stock, but you can use any number of shades of ribbon.
  2. Sewing or embroidery floss of the same shade as ribbon. I used pink one for all roses.
  3. A 3mm thick piece of felt to stitch on. Craft felt is a perfect choice, as it is inexpensive and easy to get in almost any craft store.
  4. A piece of cotton fabric the same size as the felt or bigger. Calico is perfect (as far as I know  it is called muslin in US).
  5. Wide ribbon for a bow
  6. Stitching hoop
  7. Chenille (size 18), embroidery (size 8 or 9), and tapestry (any size) needles.
  8. Water-soluble pen, again an easy thing to get in most craft stores
  9. Spray bottle with water

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Site News: Tutorials, new silk ribbon, and more

This month again we’ve got some new silk ribbon to offer! These are Pale Magenta and Mauve shades that are perfect for stitching lavender or hydrangea flowers. We have also got beautiful Teal Green shade perfectly suitable for foliage in 4mm width. Check out the juicy images below.

One of our popular colours Mantis ribbon is now available in 7mm width.

Note, the prices are lower on our branded website compared to any other off-site shops, because we do not need to share the commission, and all the purchases are still covered by PayPal Buyer Protection for added peace of mind. Save you money, shop on heartycraft.com!

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Silk Ribbon Embroidery. How to knot the ribbon.

If you have never done any silk ribbon embroidery, you might feel confused about stitching with ribbon. They do not look like floss, so how could one stitch with it? Actually, stitching with silk ribbon is almost the same as stitching with embroidery thread. Many of the stitches are exactly the same, and, similarly, you would need a needle and a piece of fabric to stitch on. Of course, there are some features and techniques that apply only to ribbon, but, in general, the process of stitching with narrow ribbon is similar to the one with thread. In the next few posts I’d like share some basics of the technique, such as how to start and end stitching, how to take care of silk ribbon, what needles and fabric to choose, and so on.

To start stitching, thread a needle with ribbon and tie a simple knot on the ribbon end.

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Woven Spider’s Web Rose Tutorial

I had a blog previously, had been blogging about needlework stuff for five years and got quite a few readers. I had been tweaking the design of the blog every now and then, and one day after suspending the blog for a couple of days for another of those refurbishments, I realised I cannot bring myself to open it again as it takes so much of my time. So I left the things where they were (with the abandoned and closed down blog) and jumped into setting up my craft business, designing kits, and dying ribbons. Now that has been definitely taking all of my time up until now, but I got nostalgic about the times of blogging and even though I still don’t feel like I can write very often, there is an urge to share things and news. So here I am, starting blogging again! The new blog has been created, and the plan is to share ideas, projects, and tips about silk ribbon embroidery or ribbon craft here. You are always welcome to ask questions or suggest subjects to discuss. I’d be delighted to hear from you by email or, alternatively, feel free to leave a comment here.

It’s always hard to pick up a subject as there are so many things I’d like to share! What about some basic stuff? Do you fancy stitching woven spider’s web roses? It’s soooo easy and it’s such a quick way to make a lovely rose! There’re many other ways to create those pretty flowers, but this one is my true favorite.

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