Reported by Erika Martin
On each page, you’ll not only find the instructions, but there’s an up-close shot of the stitch in a thumbnail-sized photo from an actual stitched project.
From there on out, you’ll find all of the stitches until you get to the end of the book and find the combination stitches diagrams.
I used a white marking pencil to draw a wavy line across the piece of denim so that I would have something to follow as I stitched.
I then stitched an olive green chain stitch along the white line. (I like to use three strands of embroidery floss for most of my stitching.)
I added chain stitches for the blossoms an light purple french knots for the little flower buds.
As you can see, my stitching very closely resembles the stitch combination shown in the book.
Next, I started going through the stitch index to pick out some stitches I either hadn’t done in a while or that I had never done before. I chose to go with the Lazy Daisy Double stitch. While I’ve done lazy daisies before, I never thought to do a double.
I stitched my row of light purple lazy daisies to create flowers along the top of the soon-to-be purse.
Then, I stitched a dark purple lazy daisy around each to finish off the double stitch look.
Because I do a lot of my stitching free-hand (without drawing out guide lines to stitch along), I realized that my flowers were open in the middle. I filled in with some bright yellow french knots to create some really cool textured flower centers.
My next step was to create some leaves and vines so I used a back stitch for the vines. Then, I looked at the book’s stitch index and picked out a leaf stitch for the vine. I chose the Fishbone stitch (one that I haven’t done in ages). I used my white marking pencil to draw out the leaf outlines.
The outline made stitching well-balanced leaves a breeze.
Along the bottom of the purse, I did another of the stitch combinations, but tweaked it up a bit to include a Colonial Knot, and used back stitching instead of the curved buttonhole stitch that it called for.
Two of the ribbon flowers that I liked creating the most were the Freeform Flowers and the Five-Petal Gathered Flowers. The diagrams were very clear and I loved the way they came out. I can see myself making more of these for other projects and not just on fabric projects. I will definitely be making more using a lot of the different width ribbons that I have and putting them on scrapbook pages, shadow box art and mixed-media creations.
I added some small faux pearls that I found in my grandmother’s old button tin for the centers of my small flowers.
After I added a bunch of Japanese Ribbon Stitch leaves, I used a ball point pen to very lightly write out the words I wanted to stitch on my project. I used a back stitch to embroider the words.
I readjusted my fabric, tighted the screw on top of the hoop and trimmed away the extra fabric from the back and I’m totally impressed with myself and the way my project turned out.
For my first try with ribbon embroidery, I’m very pleased, and have found myself hooked on ribbon flowers.
- Convenient size to carry on-the-go
- Wire bound for easy flipping and flat-laying of pages
- Easel feature so that the book stands up for easy use
- Very exhaustive collection of 180+ stitches and combinations – great for new stitchers and veterans alike
- Alphabetical stitch index
- Right- and left-hand instructions and diagrams (in full color)
- Full color thumbnail photo of actual stitch
- Tips, chart and “getting started” section for needles, thread/yarn, ribbon and fabric
- Variation of stitches also included on many of the stitch diagrams
- If you’re a very visual learner, some of the more complicated stitches might take you a little longer to master despite the illustrated diagrams.
- The price could be off-putting for some, but when you price it out, it’s only 13 cents per stitch tutorial!
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