Aster Basics for Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Alanna Heaton 2004

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Once you have your flower picked out, whether from an outline or a print, divide the area to be stitched into four quarters. This allows you to evenly divide up your stitches without overloading one area and skimping on another. These lines also allow you to start each stitch at the center point. It is very important for the final look of the blossom for each stitch to start in the same hole.

The first step is to stitch to the farthest outside edge of the flower. Use a combination of ribbon stitches, straight stitches, and twisted straight stitches. This will be the main base of the bloom. Continue on in each quadrant in this manner.

When the first round has been completed, add some shorter stitches in each quadrant until the flower looks full enough to you. Use mainly straight and twisted straight stitches for this round. Leave these stitches quite a bit looser than the first round for fullness and effect. They got a bit squashed in the scan but look much better in person.

This method may be used for several different flowers. Using all ribbon stitches will produce a zinnia and using one of the new "hairy" fibers will give you dandelion fluff. Use your imagination to fill out your flower garden or posey.

In Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery, this method produced the purple aster.


Silk ribbon from Vikki Clayton's Hand-Dyed Fibers

Rayon threads are from Edmar

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