The art of embroidery dates back thousands of years and has a long and romantic history.
Ribbon embroidery involves creating lovely sewn designs with beautiful and delicate ribbons. It is commonly used to adorn a base portion of fabric, like a quilt, item of clothing, handkerchief or handbag, Ribbons can be used to embroider flower patterns as their colour and luster will stand out in the design.
The first thing you’ll need to get started is to learn some basic ribbon embroidery stitches, the first of which is the ribbon stitch. This simple stitch can be quickly learned and allows the swift and simple formation of basic flower petals. For more instructions on this and other stitches please visit this page.
One of the many rewards of ribbon embroidery stitching is that it provides a 3 dimensional nature to the pattern. Flowers and other designs will stand out from the fabric through various techniques including the ribbon stitch.
There are many types of ribbon available all varying in thickness, pattern, material, colour and design. Some may have stiff wire so that the ribbon holds its shape and others are prepared from silk for more luster and suppleness. Generally silk ribbon embroidery is preferred but satin, acrylic, rayon and cotton can make good substitutes.
Most supplies can be bought from craft or sewing stores. Essentials for your ribbon embroidery kit include needles, a hoop to keep the base material taut and a thimble, as well as the desired base fabric and ribbon. Novices are advised to start with silk ribbons as they are simple to use and look exquisite even with beginners designs. Ribbon embroidery patterns and books are available from sewing supply shops and many book stores. For a selection of free patterns please visit this page.
Silk ribbon embroidery can help to create unique personal momentos which make wonderful gifts. Spending careful time to master the craft and hours creating a beautiful present for a close friend or relative often means more than the most expensive of gifts.