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
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.
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.
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
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. 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 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.
Good news for those who are thinking of trying silk ribbon embroidery, but don’t know where to start. A new Starter Pack is a perfect solution. With 12 meters of silk ribbons included in the pack you’ll get enough materials to start practising new stitches. A needle for ribbon embroidery is included too! Read more about the Starter Pack here.