We’ve got three huge rose bushes in our garden. They are beautiful, standing stately upright, splendid blossoms fill the garden with rich fragrance, and it’s a pleasure to spend time there. There are no climbing roses though, we don’t really have a space to grow them, so I’ve come up with an idea to ‘plant’ one on a wall using silk ribbon embroidery technique.
Whilst drawing up the design I thought ladders must be popular among gardeners. They are beautiful, especially vintage ones, and they look great supporting climbing plants.
I used two yellow shades of 4mm wide silk ribbon to give the bush that uneven look when some flowers are bright and others have faded. As the ribbons are hand-dyed, all the flowers differ in colour slightly, and that makes them even more charming. They are ‘Yellow Sun’ and ‘Vanilla’ hand-dyed silk ribbons. Leaves are worked with 4mm and 7mm wide ‘pine’ ribbons using ribbon stitch.
I added cow parsley to make the garden look wild, but placed it neatly so it doesn’t look abandoned. When stitching the grass I mixed straight stitches with embroidery floss and silk ribbon to make it more textured. The ribbon is 2mm wide ‘Lawn’.
I haven’t framed the piece yet. The frame on the first photo is actually a leftover from some experiments with screen printing. It was used to stretch the mesh, and it is stained with photosensitive emulsion. However, I do like how the green spots match the embroidery, so I am seriously considering of finishing the piece in it.
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