Silk Ribbon Embroidery Spray

Sharon Boggon 2010

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This issue I thought I would offer readers a pattern for a spray of silk ribbon embroidery flowers worked on one of my diamond shaped blocks.

Hopefully the images in this article are self explanatory. The first image is of the finished spray.

The second is the stitch guide itself for you to follow as a pattern

The final image is the stitch guide superimposed on the block so that people can see what is what.

Last but not least but probably of most importance, is to the stitch key

A few notes:

The lace motifs were purchased commercially and, in some cases, I placed one on top of another letting the bottom flower peak from underneath. This gave a more naturalistic feel.

The Cast-on Rose is worked in a similar manner to Bullion Roses only (obviously) in Cast-on Stitch instead of Bullion Stitch.

Both are worked using perle #5 thread.

The Leaf Stitch is also known as Japanese Ribbon Stitch and was worked using 4 mm ribbon.

The Fargo Rose is worked in 7 mm ribbon.

Much of the silk ribbon embroidery on crazy quilt blocks takes on a free form nature that is worked organically, because usually we are trying to fit a pattern within a certain shape on the block.

However, I do have a general working process. I usually work my main flowers first, as these are what will attract eye, then I tuck smaller flowers and sprays of leaves, flower buds, etc.... Lastly, I fill gaps with more leaves, and then I add beads.

I hope you find this pattern enjoyable.

Sharon B of Pin Tangle [] also hosts a free Stitch Dictionary online [].

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