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

What you do:

Please keep the tutorial on how to stitch spider web’s roses handy as you will be stitching a number of roses. It’s  worth going through it at least once to get familiar with the technique.

The step-by-step instructions are given below. You can click on the images to see larger versions.

Below, I put down various shades of ribbon from our range of hand-dyed silk ribbon, so you can get an idea what they look like on the finished piece.

Make a hoop art or finish your piece in whatever way you like. As for me, I’m finishing it as a cushion, and I will make a tutorial for that next week. I just need to make my mind about the bow colour and complementary fabric. I might go for this beige bow with pink fabric…Spider Web's Rose Cushion 7What do you think?  Won’t it look fabulous as a cushion? But let’s see next week what it’s going to look like 🙂

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