Meanwhile I finished another fragment of my ribbon embroidery ‘Garden Party’ last week. It is a stunning ribbon heart surrounded by graceful roses in delicate pastel shades. I love stitching Helen Eriksson’s designs, and this one was published in Inspirations magazine a couple years ago. If you missed my earlier posts, it’s a panel with nine different flowers, and I’ve done six of them already: forget-me-nots, wisteria, foxgloves, rose, violets, and hydrangea. It’s a very beautiful design, good for beginners and there are plenty of different ribbon stitches to try. I enjoy stitching every bit of it!
I like the ribbon colours suggested for the heart, and it’s amazing how different all the roses are. Just using different segments of the same variegated pink ribbon I’ve got absolutely different roses.
Trellis stitch for ribbon embroidery
The heart is filled with a trellis stitch. The main trick is to have a good frame tension to make the lines straight and all the cells of the same size. I don’t trust myself, so a ruler is always handy for checking the distance between the lines. Trellis is a very striking stitch, which needs some practice to get going, but the result is worth it.
Look at these buds! They perfectly shape the bottom of the heart. And how sweet they are!
What I like about silk ribbon embroidery, that it’s a true 3D technique giving very life-like shapes, whilst being much quicker than stumpwork!
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