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.
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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-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.
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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?
We’ve got three huge rose bushes in our garden. They are beautiful, standing stately upright, splendid blossoms fill the garden with rich fragrance, and it’s a pleasure to spend time there. There are no climbing roses though, we don’t really have a space to grow them, so I’ve come up with an idea to ‘plant’ one on a wall using silk ribbon embroidery technique.
Whilst drawing up the design I thought ladders must be popular among gardeners. They are beautiful, especially vintage ones, and they look great supporting climbing plants. Continue reading
Four new shades have been added to our 4mm wide silk ribbon palette this week. They are Nile Green, Vanilla, Dusty Pink, and Plum. The Nile Green shade is also available in 2mm and 7mm widths.
This is how our palette of fine 4mm wide silk ribbon looks. That’s 68 shades in total. We also stock 38 shades of the finest 2mm wide silk ribbon, and 53 gorgeous silk ribbons in 7mm width. Follow the link to see them all
Four new shades have been added to our 2mm wide silk ribbon palette this week. They are Yellow Sun, Gold Pansy, Dark Bordeaux, and Sea Blue.
Here is our full palette of 37 beautiful shades of fine 2mm wide silk ribbon. We also stock 65 shades of exquisite 4mm wide silk ribbon, and 52 gorgeous silk ribbons in 7mm width. Follow the link to see them all
After digging through a pile of vintage postcards to pick out some for printed backgrounds I sell, the first thing I usually do is checking whether the image looks good on fabric and if there are enough details to stitch with silk ribbons. Sometimes I stitch over a tiny piece of print just to fulfill my curiosity and check out how it would look like if embellished with ribbons. However, once I started stitching on this postcard, I just could not bring myself to stop until it’s been completely done.
It’s absolutely stunning postcard, I love that cheeky musician puss hypnotising birds. Look how stunned they are with its beautiful play. Totally paralysed!