I love using silk fabric for my embroidery, and if using ribbons, stitching with silk on silk looks lovely. Silk dupion is my frequent choice as it is available in many shop and it comes in lots of colours. It has lovely sheen, very pleasant to use, and not too delicate to have textured embroidery on it. It is one of those fabrics that is relatively easy to handle, and I would recommend it to those who would like to use silk for the first time.
Generally speaking, almost any fabric will work for stitching with silk ribbons. If your fabric is good enough to stitch with embroidery thread, then it should be good for ribbons too. You do not need any special fabric for silk ribbon embroidery. The only thing you need to pay attention is how tightly woven your fabric is. A tight fabric weave puts more friction on the ribbon and ravel it out. It is also much harder to pull your needle with a piece of ribbon through that sort of fabric.
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.
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.
Ribbon stitch is easily the most important stitch in silk ribbon embroidery. If you learn how to do it, it means you know almost everything there is to know about stitching with ribbon. The stitch is used in great many silk ribbon designs and patterns, mainly for stitching petals and leaves. It is very hard to create a pattern without this stitch, so you can hardly find one. There are are slight variations of the technique if you need a pointed petal or a slanted leaf, but all of them use the same steps as for a regular ribbon stitch. Here is a small tutorial on how to make a regular ribbon stitch with silk ribbon (click on the images to enlarge):
There are a few ways to end a stitch in silk ribbon embroidery. There aren’t any strict rules which method to use in any particular design or with any particular stitch, so you can pick out the one you like the most and stick just to it, or you can alter them whilst stitching. Some methods work only for narrow ribbons, so the options are quite limited with 13mm ribbons, but as for the most popular 4mm silk ribbon any method works. All in all, it’s a good idea to look through all the ways of ending stitches with silk ribbons, so you are fully armed with the basics.
Straight stitch is very common technique in ribbon embroidery, and there is a good reason for it. It’s one of the basic stitches which is very easy to make. Once you get the idea, you can embroider flowers, leaves, shrubs, and trees. The photo below might give you an idea of what good use you can put straight stitch into. Note that even the flower middles are tiny straight stitches here. Continue reading
Today I wanted to share one simple but very handy hint about stitching with silk ribbon, that is how to thread a needle.
If you’ve already started making your first stitches, you might’ve spotted that silk ribbons are very slippery and are always trying to escape from needle’s eye, which can be very annoying! Good news that there is a smart way to tackle that little maddening thing! You can take a sneak peak at the image below, I’m going to show you how to do it in a minute. Continue reading
Cannot stress it more that it is very important to pick out the right needle when you stitch with silk ribbons. This affects not only on a final result, but helps you to use the ribbon wisely. Using a wrong needle not only could make it difficult to work with it, but also may actually damage your ribbon. We don’t want that to happen as natural silk ribbons are not exactly a cheap commodity and require careful handling.
In this post I will be writing about my own experience as a stitcher and a tutor. After years of working with ribbons I made a ribbon needlebook which you can buy here, or you can make your own using the information below.
If you have never done any silk ribbon embroidery, you might feel confused about stitching with ribbon. They do not look like floss, so how could one stitch with it? Actually, stitching with silk ribbon is almost the same as stitching with embroidery thread. Many of the stitches are exactly the same, and, similarly, you would need a needle and a piece of fabric to stitch on. Of course, there are some features and techniques that apply only to ribbon, but, in general, the process of stitching with narrow ribbon is similar to the one with thread. In the next few posts I’d like share some basics of the technique, such as how to start and end stitching, how to take care of silk ribbon, what needles and fabric to choose, and so on.
To start stitching, thread a needle with ribbon and tie a simple knot on the ribbon end.
I had a blog previously, had been blogging about needlework stuff for five years and got quite a few readers. I had been tweaking the design of the blog every now and then, and one day after suspending the blog for a couple of days for another of those refurbishments, I realised I cannot bring myself to open it again as it takes so much of my time. So I left the things where they were (with the abandoned and closed down blog) and jumped into setting up my craft business, designing kits, and dying ribbons. Now that has been definitely taking all of my time up until now, but I got nostalgic about the times of blogging and even though I still don’t feel like I can write very often, there is an urge to share things and news. So here I am, starting blogging again! The new blog has been created, and the plan is to share ideas, projects, and tips about silk ribbon embroidery or ribbon craft here. You are always welcome to ask questions or suggest subjects to discuss. I’d be delighted to hear from you by email or, alternatively, feel free to leave a comment here.