Woven Rose
with a Twist

Jo Newsham © 2009

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  • Project you are working on
  • 7mm silk ribbon (4mm is fine too)
  • No. 18 chenille needle


First, lay down your spokes; five is the usual number, but I will sometimes use seven for a larger rose.  Or, as you can see in the first picture, I will also occasionally add in little half spokes for larger flowers, where the purple lines are between the thread spokes. This works particularly well for creating the illusion of lots of petals around the outside, like a full blown rose.

Do the first few winds as normal; don’t worry how the ribbon falls.

The Twist

This is literally a twist in the ribbon. Many people who comment or email me, say they always try to keep the ribbon flat. I do the opposite. Take your needle and ‘roll’ it between your fingers, just two or three turns. Rolling it toward the palm of your hand will give you nice rounded petals. Rolling it toward your fingertips, will give you more open, more ‘pointy’ stitches. I use both within one rose, changing the twist every few weaves, or until I like the look of how the ‘petal’ is sitting.

The picture below shows the twist in the ribbon.

Run your fingers down the ribbon to get the curl close to the flower. It is not necessary to do this, as the spoke thread will also do it for you, but this step can help while you are getting used to the technique, and how the ribbon will sit.

Now carry on your weaving. The twist in the ribbon is trapped by the next spoke. Don’t pull the ribbon too tightly. I tend to leave it looser, and secure later with a small stitch if it is too loose. You can see the lovely curl in the ribbon being formed.

Continue your weaving until you are happy with the size and shape. Remember, just unthread, and re-twist until you are happy with how the stitch is sitting. To finish the rose, I run the needle back through the fabric on the inside of the last loop, over the spoke thread, to keep the ribbon in place.

And there you go, a beautiful, realistic rose, woven by your own hand.

Jo can also be found blogging at http://nzjo.blogspot.com  or selling her wares at http://nzjo.etsy.com.

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