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.
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?
Thinking of February it’s hard not to think about Valentine day and hearts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Valentine card embroidered with silk ribbons, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to design one. I love such sort of challenges when there’s a need to create something for a specific occasion using specific techniques and materials. It gives my brain an exercise as it’s not an easy task to make a nice design that doesn’t take lots of materials, time, and effort when someone makes one trying to follow a tutorial afterwards. So… I hope you like it and if you haven’t yet tried stitching on a piece of card, this is a perfect opportunity to give it a go 🙂
Making an unusual Valentine’s day card
To make a card like this, you’ll need:
- A4 sheet of photo paper. Choose one that is thick enough to make a card (260gsm will be good) with satin finish. I bought mine from Ryman. Make sure you get photo paper, not just card, as colours will look dull on normal card;
- 4mm wide Citrus, 7mm wide Deep Carmine, and 2mm wide Hydrangea hand-dyed silk ribbons;
- sewing or embroidery floss in red;
- embroidery needle to stitch with floss and a chenille (size 18) needle to stitch with ribbon;
- scissors or a roller cutter with a ruler;
- single sided and double sided adhesive tape.
Today I’m posting a simple tutorial for a pattern that consists of just one stitch — spider web rose. It’s an easy one and does not require much prior experience in silk ribbon embroidery, but it rewards you with amazing results.
The project itself is a perfect match for a weekend ahead, and it does not take long at all to finish it.
What you need:
- 4mm wide silk ribbon. Using hand dyed silk ribbon you can get far superior results compared to plain-coloured one as colour irregularities and a variegated shade would give distinct life-like appearance to the roses. I used nine different shades just to show the look of different shades of ribbon that we stock, but you can use any number of shades of ribbon.
- Sewing or embroidery floss of the same shade as ribbon. I used pink one for all roses.
- A 3mm thick piece of felt to stitch on. Craft felt is a perfect choice, as it is inexpensive and easy to get in almost any craft store.
- A piece of cotton fabric the same size as the felt or bigger. Calico is perfect (as far as I know it is called muslin in US).
- Wide ribbon for a bow
- Stitching hoop
- Chenille (size 18), embroidery (size 8 or 9), and tapestry (any size) needles.
- Water-soluble pen, again an easy thing to get in most craft stores
- Spray bottle with water
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.