Welcome back, thank you for joining me. We have now come to the type of ribbon embroidery I am most excited about when looking at this year’s fashions. I don’t know the official name, but I call it—weaving.
The processes is very simple but, can give you wonderful, fast, options with design and color.
Traditionally the stitch is used to create flowers. But, with a little creative thinking, it can be used to make any design.
How it is done
The process is very simple. Make a stitch, probably no more than half an inch, crosswise to the direction of your pattern, and make these stitches along the path your pattern will take. For those familiar with weaving, these stitches will act as the warp stitch, the lengthwise strings. However many stitches you make, always be sure to end with an odd number.
Then, you begin your weaving, by entering your woof ribbon close to the first warp stitch. Regardless of ribbon length, make sure you tie a knot in the end. Now, you weave, in out, in out, to the end and back again. At least do two rows to tie the ribbon down, but there really is no harm in running one ribbon through the warp without weaving. I would caution that you will want to preshrink your fabric before you do this. My experience has been that the ribbon will not shrink. It washes beautifully.
I had a sample quilt section left over with a verse on it, and am using that for my example. The section is actually a boo boo, I didn’t have the heart to throw away. You will notice color variation. The reason is because I learned that when "they" say you can use an ink jet printer, that it still doesn’t mean that the ink will be color fast. The fabric was printed on an HP all in one. The color was not color fast, the black, however, was. Now, getting back on topic. You can see a little interest would be nice, this is why I used the ribbon embroidery.
Because the ribbon is so large, you will be less inclined to have a tight stitch. However, after each stitch, I will flatten the fabric to make sure that it is lying flat. Notice, I really don't need an embroidery hoop, but, that is its purpose, to keep your fabric stable and tension even.
As you make a stitch, run the needle along the ribbon to flatten it if it have rolled during the stitch.
When doing the weaving, use the needle backwards, so the point doesn’t go through the ribbon instead of under or over it. You can also switch to a blunt ended needle.
With the rose, I worry less about straightening the ribbon, as the gradually compacted ribbon creates a more realistic look.
The resource I used in getting started with ribbon embroidery is Threads. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3725/beginners-silk-ribbon-embroidery-five-easy-stitches/page/all but don’t limit yourself. As you can see, we have covered hand sewing, weaving and embroidery. Big bold looks are available with ribbon embroidery, and take very little time to do. Have fun and experiment with the technique, it costs very little to get started, and can help add just the right detail to make your look flattering, exciting and original.
Thank you for joining me today, have a great week, and God Bless.
Photos of the sewn clothing are on my Pinterest site. Please click the above link and it will take you there.
I should note, the photos are of clothing that have been worn and washed. I once found myself unemployed and a $64.00 dry cleaning bill that had to some how be paid before I could get my suits out for an interview. I swore then that if the item could not survive the wash, gentle cycle or normal, I was not going to buy it or make it.
Plus, we surround our skin with enough chemicals, we don't need to voluntarily add more.
I have many interests, but have to admit sewing is not one of them. I sew only because I like to wear clothes that fit. Thus, my goal when I approach any sewing project is to get it done well enough that it is wearable.
Most of the time I reach that goal. I hope this blog will help open up new fashion vistas for you to explore.