Monday, August 31, 2015

Free Design 5 Petal Flower



SILK RIBBON EMBROIDERY PROJECT

Potpourri Pillows


Five Petal Flower Tutorial 


Five Petal Flower
Ribbon – 7 mm. Pink and Mauve for Five Petal Flower.
7 mm. Fawn for Fern
7 mm. Green for Leaves and Calyx
4 mm. Lilac for small Daisy

Thread - Fawn Thread for Fern Stem.
Pink Thread for Bud Tip.
Bone Thread for Lazy Daisy Leaves of Daisy.
Beads - 5 Pearls for Centre of Flowers , 1 Lilac for Daisy.


Five Petal Flower: Transfer and prepare as instructed for Pansy.



1. It is best to complete the Five Petal Flowers First. Using the diagram in the

Sewing Instructions, cut the ribbon into 16 cm. Lengths ( 3 – Pink +

2 – Mauve ). Pin or mark into 6 even spaces. With matching cotton

thread knotted at the end make small tacking stitches as shown, the thread

must finish on the front and then loop over the ribbon bringing it through from

the back and continue tacking. It is important that the cotton loops over, as

this is what pulls the ribbon up to shape the petals. Repeat until there are

5 boxes of tacking. Pull up to form the petal, stitch the last petal firmly so

as it will not come loose again. Then after shaping it into a flower, stitch the

ends together. Leave cotton attached to sew it on to fabric later. Make 5 in

this manner.



2.  With Fawn Thread ( 2 Strands) do Stem Stitch for Fern Stem and Leaves are
in Detached Chain in Fawn Ribbon.


 3. Small Daisy in Lilac Ribbon 4 mm. ( Working a clockwise direction)
 and half daisy are next. 

4. With Pink 7 mm Ribbon make Detached Chain Buds, 2 Calyx in Green 7 mm. 
 Ribbon and small Straight Stitches in Pink Thread at the tip. 
The Leaves of the Small Daisy are in Bone Cotton ( 1 Strand)
 in Lazy Daisy Stitch.


5. At this stage place your Completed Five Petal Flower in position one at a time.
 With a dressmakers awl or similar sharp object make a small hole 
where the centre of the flower will be and push the ribbon ends through.
Stitch the ends down at the back of the work, then sew in the bead for 
the centre. Repeat with remaining flowers.

6. Finish any remaining leaves and sew small lilac bead in the centre of the daisy. 





              
      
          
                 
                                                         
Pillows:

Top Pillow Embroidered -   Cut Material 2 - 12 x 12 cms Square.After
 completing Ribbon Embroidery, overlock and machine stitch to area of
 10 x 10 cms.  
Leave an opening on one side to insert the filling.
(I think it is best if you only include potpourri in the two larger bags, 
just incase it 
stains the enbroidery) 
Using small slip stitches in matching thread close the bag. 

Second Pillow: Cut 2- 15 x 15 cm Pieces Finished size 12 x 12 cms.

Third Pillow: Cut 2 -16 x 16 cms Finished Size 14 x 14 cms.

Finish off by stacking the 3 Pillows and tying with Organza Ribbon.



Check out your fabric stash and you may find many leftover remnants
 that would work well for these pillows.
Think personal gifts for Christmas or Birthdays etc.
This design could also be added to a Wedding Cushion
 or shaped to fit a Wedding Garter.   



Carol Daisy



Free Design Pansies



Potpourri Pillows

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Project


Stitches Used: Stem Stitch, Ribbon Stitch and Straight Stitch.

Pansy Tutorial Link 


Pansy:

Ribbon – 7 mm. Cream, Pale Pink, Dusty Pink ( 3 Colours in the Pansy)
7 mm. Yellow for French Knot Centre.
7 mm. Green for Leaves and Calyx.
7 mm. Lilac and Blue for Wings of Butterfly.

Threads - Black Thread for markings on Pansy and  body of Butterfly.
Green Thread for stems and markings on leaves.
Metallic Thread for eye of Butterfly and on wings.

Instructions:

Pansy: Transfer the design onto material of choice with water erasable pen. This
can be done using a light box or by placing the pattern and material up to a window.
Allow enough material to be able to insert in the embroidery hoop and cut out later.
Cut a piece of wadding the size of the material, and tack this onto the fabric. This
is needed to stitch the ends of the ribbon down and also helps while embroidering.
It is best the you get into a routine of stitching the ribbon down at the start and finish
immediately, if not, it is too easy to snag while you are working and all your good
work can be wasted. Place fabric in Hoop.

1. Work Pansy in Ribbon Stitch with a Radius of 1 cm. Using the example on the
 pattern below.  First make 3 Stitches in Cream no's 1,2,3  making sure to stitch 
down all Ribbon ends well, do this as you are beginning and ending each Ribbon.

As you are working in such a confined area it is too easy to
catch with your needle and pull on the previous stitches. 

Change to Pale Pink ribbon, complete 4,5,6,7. Lastly with Dusty Pink Ribbon 
9 and 10, which should overlap the Pale Pink Ribbon. 


2. Thread the Black Cotton (1 Strand ) and make small straight stitches.With 
Yellow Ribbon make a single French Knot, taking care not to pull too tight,
 this is where you will see the resemblance of a Pansy taking shape. 

3. Next step to make small buds from the Dusty Pink and leave these slightly
 loose, place two Green Ribbon Stitches over top, crossing at the tip. Complete
 all the leaves in Green and then place a straight stitch in Green Thread 
( 1 Strand) at the tip of the calyx.

4. Stem Stitch the stems of the Pansy Buds ( 2 Strands).

5. With Lilac and Blue ribbons make 4 Ribbon Stitches for the Butterfly Wings.(tutorial) 
Starting with the longest wing area.  The Body is made from 3 or 4 Straight Stitches 
 in Black Thread ( 2 strands) one small stitch for the antennae and then with
 Metallic Thread a small French Knot at the end.  Complete with 4 small French Knots
 at the tip of the wings.                      






Pillows:

Top Pillow Embroidered -   Cut Material 2 - 12 x 12 cms Square.After
 completing Ribbon Embroidery, overlock and machine stitch to area of
 10 x 10 cms.  
Leave an opening on one side to insert the filling.
(I think it is best if you only include potpourri in the two larger bags, 
just incase it 
stains the enbroidery) 
Using small slip stitches in matching thread close the bag. 

Second Pillow: Cut 2- 15 x 15 cm Pieces Finished size 12 x 12 cms.

Third Pillow: Cut 2 -16 x 16 cms Finished Size 14 x 14 cms.

Finish off by stacking the 3 Pillows and tying with Organza Ribbon.




  
Check out your fabric stash and you may find many leftover
remnants that would work well for these pillows.
Think personal gifts for Christmas or Birthdays etc.  

Carol Daisy 






Sunday, August 30, 2015

Free Design Gerbera's








SILK RIBBON EMBROIDERY PROJECT


                                                        Gerberba Gift Bag


( I have chosen to embroider this design onto a silk bag but you may choose to use it
in other ways. For eg. to decorate the lid of a jewellery box, a pocket or a small pillow.)

Stitches Used: Whipped Chain, Ribbon Stitch and  French Knots.
Ribbon: 7 mm Silk Ribbon x 2 Metres ( Hand Dyed will give a variance of colours through
the flower as you work. Any colour you would like Red, Oranges, Pinks etc.
              7 mm Silk Ribbon Green for leaves  .7 mt. 
Threads: .5 Mt. of 2 Different tones of Green embroidery cotton.
                .5 Mt. Metallic to highlight French Knot Centres.
Seed Beads - gold for Centres.  Butterfly charm.
Piece of Fabric 20 cm x 60 cm. Finished size: 17 cms  x 25 cms.

Instructions: Pre-wash the ribbons, then iron when dry on a silk setting before you begin.
Fold the piece of fabric in half and position the transfer as illustrated centred and 6cm
from the base fold. At this point I find it is easier to roll up the material which will be
the back of the bag and pin this down, so as not to get it caught up while you are working.
Transfer the design onto material with water erasable pen. This can be done using
a light box or by taping the design up to a well lit window and holding the fabric over it.
Tack a piece of wadding onto the back of the design, this is needed to stitch your ribbon
down and helps with your embroidery in general. It is best that you get into a routine of
stitching down the ribbons at the start and finish immediately, if not, it is easy to snag while
you are working and all your good work can be wasted.

Stems: Using 2 strands of green thread work the stems in Chain Stitch and using lighter
green, 2 strands whip the chain.

Gerberas: With 7 mm Ribbon work the first row of Ribbon Stitch using the inner
and outer circles as your guide, leave a distance of just under one petal size between them.
Second Layer, position these Ribbon Stitches over this gap, working clockwise around the
circle. 
Centres: Fill the centre with French Knots embroidered with 1 thread of Lighter Green and
1 thread of Gold, combined ( give it a few twists to keep them together). Should you have
trouble threading the two together, make a loop from sewing thread or use a needle
threader to bring them through the needle eye. Next step is to stitch the gold beads around
the french knots, you may have to take some over the ribbon stitches which is fine.


Leaves: Work long Ribbon Stitch leaves in the Green 7mm. Ribbon.

Finally sew on the Butterfly Beads.

 Design is 10 cms Width  x 9 cms. Deep
  Gerberas a radius 1 cm.


Make up your bag rounding off the bottom corners as you do this. Fold over 1 cm seam
and press, then fold over a 4 cm seam press again and then stitch. If you wish you could
make the bag with a contrasting or matching lining.

Fill bag with gift of choice and tie with wide organza ribbon to embellish. 

 Refer to these Postings for Assistance:   Working with Hand dyed Ribbons
                                                                  Tutorial on Ribbon Stitch.





      Carol Daisy

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Daisy Ring /Daisy Chain Free Design






 SILK RIBBON EMBROIDERY PROJECT



Daisy Chain & Daisy Ring

( Daisy Chain – can be single or repeated to become a border / Daisy
Ring – may be in a circle or split into two designs.)
Stitches Used: Whipped Chain Stitch, French Knots, Ribbon Stitch,
Straight Stitch.

Materials: Equipment – 15 cm. Embroidery Hoop 
Chenille Needle & Crewel Needles 
Ribbons: Yellow & White Ribbons 4 mm.
Green Ribbon 4mm.

Threads: Green Embroidery Thread – 2 colours
Yellow, Black & Beige Embroidery Threads 
Daisy Buttons & 1 Butterfly Charm.

Instructions: Transfer the design onto material of choice with water erasable pen.
This can be done using a light box or by holding the material and pattern up to a
window. Allow enough material to be able to insert into an embroidery hoop. Cut
a piece of wadding the size of the material, and tack this onto the fabric. This is
needed to stitch the ends of the ribbon down and also helps while embroidering. It
is best that you get into a routine of stitching down the ribbon at the start and the
finish immediately, if not, it is easy to snag while you are working and all your good
work can be wasted.

Stems: Using 2 strands of green thread, work whipped chain stitch for the stems .
Ribbon Stitch in green for the leaves.

Buds: 1st. With Green Ribbon do 3 – 4 small ribbon stitches, then changing to the
ribbon for the petals, bring the needle up from where the green finished and make
small stitches, slightly curved in.

Daisies: Thread a length of petal ribbon and do the petals in a clockwise direction.
( Around the circle) Next with 1 Thread of Green & 1 Thread of Beige fill the centre
with very tight small French Knots. Repeat this for the upright Daisies and wilting
Daisies.

Bee: 1st with Gold Ribbon do 3 ribbon stitches one over the other. With 1 Strand of
black thread, a small stab stitch for the stinger, 3 stripes and a French Knot for the eye.
Then 4 little legs. Wings are 2 ribbon stitches in white.

Finally sew on the 4 buttons to the Daisy Chain or the Butterfly with the gold thread
provided.
Daisy Ring Sketch

 

Daisy Chain Sketch
Width 12 cms. Depth 3 cms. 



This link maybe of some help    Ribbon Stitch Tutorial

Daisy Ring could by added to a pincushion or a cover to a round box.
Daisy Chain Repeated could be a border on linen.





Carol Daisy


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Daisys Garden New Online Store





To celebrate the opening of the new store 
Visit the Daisys Garden Embroidery.




The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Blog will remain and 
hopefully I can get back to doing more tutorials,
so much more I would like to show.  I am excited about
the change and miss so much the practical side
of my blogs.

Carol Daisy




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

History of SRE




For centuries, embroidery has been a source of satisfaction, relaxation and pleasure for women and men of all ages.  Handmade items are made with love and care, and can be something to treasure for ourselves, or a way of passing on something of ourselves to others, be they friends, family or generations to come.

In times past, when women worked without the help of modern conveniences, decorations and embellishments may have been few.  Embroidery was a way for women to simply and cheaply, make something useful into something of beauty as well.  Just as in times of mass produced, disposable goods, our " electronic age ",  to take time out to sit and sew can be therapeutic, rewarding and satisfying.

Ribbon Embroidery is one of the easiest and simplest embroidery techniques to learn.  By learning a few quick and simple embroidery stitches and basic ribbon stitches, you have the knowledge to create a multitude of silk ribbon projects, whose delicacy and richness, belie how easy they are to make.  Ribbon Embroidery is much quicker than many other embroidery techniques, such as Cross Stitch, meaning much less time in which to have a finished item to show off and be proud of.

Silk ribbon is now available in many different widths, colours, dyes and blends.  Experimenting with these can add a whole different or extra dimension to your work, and are surprisingly quick to make.


HISTORY:               
 
 
 
Silk Ribbon Embroidery emerged in Europe in the 17 th Century, and quickly spread to the colonies.  It was primarily used to embellish the clothing of the elite and wealthy, who wanted their gowns to be unique and often had extensive wardrobes,

Silk Ribbon Embroidery became fashionable not only on clothes, but on reticules 
( small handbags ) caps and gloves.  Shoes were embroidered to match coats and gowns.  Over time, women used it to embellish all sorts of items, such as shawls and blankets, as well as other home wares.