Thinking of stitching Christmas tree with silk ribbons? Here is an easy project to give you an idea how to use ribbons for Christmas stitching. The piece is quite quick to make, and it’s a perfect project if you’ve never tried silk ribbon embroidery before. There are only two stitches here: backstitch for a trunk and brunches with embroidery floss, and straight stitches with silk ribbon for a realistic tree finishing.
To stitch a tree like this, you’ll need:
- A piece of fabric. Any cotton fabric is fine (patchwork cotton, calico, etc.)
- Six-strand embroidery floss in dark brown (DMC, Anchor, or any other you prefer)
- Teal Green hand-dyed silk ribbon (one three meter-long skein would be sufficient)
- Embroidery needle to stitch with floss and a chenille (size 18) needle to stitch with ribbon
- Embroidery hoop
- HB pencil or water soluble pen to transfer a pattern onto fabric
- Follow the link to download a pattern. It’s a PDF file, and to open it you’ll need Adobe Reader which is a free program. If you have not used it before, you can download it here.
Print out the pattern. But before pressing PRINT button, make sure that the pattern is not scaled. Tick ACTUAL SIZE or choose 100% scale on the printing screen.
- Next step is transferring the pattern onto fabric. Just stick the printed paper onto a window, place a piece of fabric over it and trace the lines with a water-soluble pen or a HB pencil. If you haven’t pressed your fabric yet to make it crease-free, do it now too.
- As the silk ribbon embroidery is very textured, usually two layers of fabric are used to stitch instead of one. That means that you need one more piece of cotton fabric the same size as the one with the pattern. You might like to take the same fabric or any cheaper option. The second piece goes underneath of the first one. So now take these two layers of fabric, place one with the tree outline onto the other one and mount them in a hoop.
- Backstitch the brunches and the trunk with two strands of brown floss. Here is a reminder on how the backstitch is worked.
Here’s what you should have got so far. There are no pencil lines for silk ribbon stitches on my fabric, as I know where the stitches should go, but you’d get them exactly where they are on the printed pattern.
- Now the real fun begins! Thread a chenille needle with green ribbon, and following the pattern make straight stitches to create tree needles. Here’s a useful tip on how to make the ribbon not to slip out of the needle eye. Follow the link to check out a small tutorial on how to make straight stitch with silk ribbons.
If you wish to make more narrow stitches with ribbon, just tighten it a little bit more after every stitch.
Take the piece out of the hoop and finish it as you like. To make a tree ornament, cut out the embroidery and a piece for backing of the same shape. Stitch them together along their edges. Use buttonhole stitch to prevent fraying, or alternatively just use a running stitch. Make a hanging of a piece of ribbon. Put the ornament on your tree and enjoy!
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