Today I’d like to share a simple and very popular technique for folding silk ribbon to make a rose. Quite a lot of roses on silk ribbon embroidery pieces you’ve ever seen are made using it. The technique is called, unimaginatively, the Folded Rose.
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One more flower is finished and that means only four left to complete Garden Party silk ribbon embroidery designed by well-known Australian designer Helen Ericsson. If you missed my previous posts about the piece, here they are: forget-me-knot, wisteria, foxgloves, and rose (click to find out more about each stitched flower). So today it’s time for gorgeous violets to be shared. There were two attempts to stitch the violets, I must admit. When I just started to work on The Garden Party the violets were the first flower I started stitching. Unfortunately for me I made a foolish mistake to pick out solid silk ribbons instead of spaced-dyed ones recommended in a supply list, and the piece ended up in a box with other unfinished embroideries quite shortly after it was started. It had spent there almost three years before I eventually got inspired to give it another go this time using hand-dyed silk ribbons. I don’t mind stitching with solid silk ribbons at all, but for some designs they just don’t work, this one being a perfect example. Solid violets looked quite flat and dull, and just one variegated purple ribbon has changed visual perception of the embroidery tremendously. I love the outcome. The violets are beautiful.
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Whilst it’s summertime I’m busy dying ribbons in order to be fully stocked for a high sale season that is coming. However, it doesn’t mean I put away my stitching, and I managed to finished two more flowers from the Garden Party design. The problem is that I could hardly find a time to take decent photos of my progress, in fact, I’ve been planning to write this post for a couple of weeks. It’s only today that I have finally got an opportunity to take my camera out for shooting.
The rose is planted in the centre of the Garden Party pattern (by Helen Ericsson) as a reminder of which flower is the Queen of all flowers. I like the technique that is used to make the rose. As you see the middle of it is a folded rose attached to fabric and then surrounded with stitches. Who will disagree that silk ribbon embroidery is one of the most beautiful ways to create roses?