Although I don’t have time to do any ribbon embroidery, I cannot help thinking about it nearly all the time. It’s so beautiful outside, so many flowers in bloom, and at this time of the year I just naturally see everything through the ribbon embroidery prism.
As you may know I’m on my final year of the RSN Future Tutor programme, and it’s literally just a couple of months left till I graduate. I’m struggling at the moment to find any time for extra projects beyond what is in the curriculum, but I have a few ideas that I’d love to share with you. This might inspire you to start a new project!
Tulips are some of the most stunning flowers, and they are really easy to stitch with silk ribbons. The variety and colour combinations are endless, which makes the tulip quite a versatile flower to stitch as you can use any ribbons you have in your stash.
Sketching my design, I thought of pink variety and used colours similar to my Pale Magenta silk ribbon.
If you are based in the UK, you may like to know I am teaching a full-day class on silk ribbon embroidery with the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court this Saturday (10th Feb). The class is intended for beginners and will feature essential stitches with fine 2mm and 4mm-wide hand-dyed ribbons, all that on a hand-painted background. There are still a couple of spaces left, so, if you are interested, a place can be reserved on the RSN website:
Introduction to Ribbonwork: ‘Spring Flowers’
It’s been a while since my last newsletter and a have some good news to share.
My bunny design has been published in Inspiration Magazine and if you like embroidery kits, it is available on Inspirations website. For those of you who are based in the UK, the magazine is available from Newsstand. Continue reading
Fly stitch is absolutely fabulous for embroidering leaves and feathers. It is quick, easy and very effective. You can stitch leaves of different shapes, and you can use just one colour or change your ribbon half way onto another colour to get more colour variation.
Here is an example I stitched with 2mm-wide silk ribbon. I used Spruce ribbon for the tip of the leaf, and Teal Green as I moved from the middle of the leaf to its base.
Fly Stitch. Silk Ribbon Embroidery Tutorial
Since I joined RSN Future Tutors course nearly two years ago, I haven’t really shared any free patterns here. Although I have learned a lot during my time on the course and I enjoy it very much, I miss ribbon embroidery a lot. So I thought it would be great to design a pattern that will work for thread painting as well as for ribbon embroidery, and to share it with you. The design is inspired by spring flowers — daffodils, narcissus, crocuses, and grape hyacinths, and if stitched it could be a perfect gift for the Mother’s Day or Easter.
Daffodils, narcissus, and crocuses on this pattern for embroidery
I invite everyone to join and stitch this pattern with me. I will be posting my progress on my Instagram (link), and will be delighted to see yours. There are no rules to follow. You can stitch ether the whole pattern, or just a part of it. You can use any materials you want, I do not want to limit you just to ribbon embroidery. If you more comfortable with threads, use just them. Any embroidery techniques are welcome: surface stitching, thread painting, applique, stumpwork, or any other. Pick your own colours for threads or ribbons and fabric. Challenge yourself and create a unique piece!
Meanwhile I finished another fragment of ‘Garden Party’ last week and it’s a fantastic 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!
It’s been a while since we introduced new colours to our ribbon range, so we are making up for that. Eight new ribbons just have been added on the website: bright greens, vibrant blues, and dusted pink and red — a beautiful selection for miniature garden embroidery.
It’s nearly spring officially, and, in fact, here in the UK we have already had a couple of days with few hours of sunshine. To celebrate the change of seasons, and, hopefully to the delight of those who take keen interest in minuature work, we are extending our range of 2mm wide silk ribbon with six new popular colours.
Six new shades have been added to our 2mm wide silk ribbon palette this week. They are Dusty Pink, Dark Turquoise, Wisteria, Turquoise, Emerald Green, and Morning Glory Continue reading
We are always delighted to see your artwork, so we were very pleased to get an email from Chris Hall saying that she had won at the International Doll Convention 2015. Well done Chris!
The bear is called ‘Teddy does Cinderella’ and she is a fantasy bear
Look at this beauty! Isn’t she gorgeous?! And her dress… It just look amazing!
Since summer I have been working on the Garden Party embroidery rather leisurely, and, not surprisingly, new flowers have been growing slowly. I’ve started a silk ribbon hydrangea when the one in our garden was in full bloom, but couldn’t find time to finish it until now. I have been working on two large pieces since September (I promise to share them later) and squeezing in one more project proved to be not easy. I know it’s almost Christmas time, and we are all into Christmas designs rather than flowers, but anyway you might get some inspiration from these shots for your spring or summer stitching.
The Garden Party has been designed by Helen Eriksson, and this is the sixth flower out of nine. If you missed my previous posts, here they are: forget-me-nots, wisteria, foxgloves, rose, and violets. Continue reading