A Silk Ribbon Embroidery Spray

Sharon Boggon 2012

   
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This issue I thought I would offer readers a pattern for a spray of silk ribbon embroidery flowers that can be worked on a block or a small gift. The stitches used are simple and quick so it is ideal to use in project that is a gift for the holiday season.

Hopefully the images in this article are self explanatory. The first image is of the finished spray.

The second is the stitch guide itself for you to follow as a pattern.

The final image is the stitch guide superimposed on the block so that people can see what it what.

Last but not least but probably of most importance, is to the stitch key.

A few stitching notes.

Much of silk ribbon embroidery on crazy quilt blocks take on a free form nature. I do have a general working process however. I usually work my main flowers first as these are what will attract eye then I tuck smaller flowers and sprays of leaves, flower buds etc in. Last I fill gaps with more leaves and then I add beads.

I first worked the three woven roses in 7mm ribbon. Woven ribbon roses are simply a woven spiders wheel worked in a loose manner. Directions are here[http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/wheel-woven.html] I then scattered the farago roses which are worked in 7mm ribbon. If you need to know how to work them you will find directions here [http://pintangle.com/2008/11/29/how-to-stitch-a-silk-ribbon-farago-rose/]

Next came leaf stitch is also known as Japanese ribbon stitch and was worked using 4 mm ribbon. Victoria Adams Brown has provided directions for this stitch in a previous CQ Mag online article Beginner Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bouquet [http://cqmagonline.com/vol09iss2/articles/988/index.shtml] I then added the flower novelty beads. The feather stitch is worked using perle #5 thread in free form and slightly irregular manner to give a more naturalistic feel.

I added seed and bugle beads to the arms of the feather stitch last.

I hope you find this pattern quick, enjoyable and useful!\

Sharon B of Pin Tangle [http://www.pintangle.com/] also hosts a free Stitch Dictionary online [http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html]

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