Monthly Archives: July 2015

Free Tutorial. Folded Rose

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.

Folded Rose Free Tutorial by Hearty Craft

Any silk ribbon from 7mm and wider generally can be used for folded roses. It is possible to do so with narrower ribbon, but it gets quite fiddly. A lot of patience advised if you do that. I am using a wider ribbon to make it easier to follow.

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Site News: New 2mm Silk Ribbons – Vanilla, Pale Magenta, Bordeaux, and Pine

Great news! It’s even more shades of 2mm silk ribbon is now available for your projects! We’ve added four new shades to 2mm wide ribbon range lately. They are Vanilla, Pale Magenta, Bordeaux, and Pine. The finest silk ribbons work well for stitching buds, tiny leaves and stems, and of course small flowers. It’s also quite handy for stitching miniatures for doll houses, embellishing doll clothes, making jewellery, and giving a final touch to handmade postcards. Have a look at our full range of 42 shades of fine 2mm ribbons

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Garden Party. Part 5: Violets

One more flower is finished and that means only four left to complete Garden Party silk ribbon embroidery designed by well-know 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. Violets Silk Ribbon EmbroideryThere 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 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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Garden Party. Part 4: Rose

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.

Rose Ribbon Embroidery - Garden Party 1The 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?

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