My Favorite Seam Treatment

Deborah Smith 2006

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This is one of my favorite seam treatments, simple but elegant. Stitches used in this demo are: The Leaf Ribbon Stitch but done with DMC floss, you can find this stitch in Judith Baker Montano's book of Elegant Stitches on page 81. This stitch is also know as the Fly Leaf Stitch which is very similar and can be found in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches page 73.

I learned the Fargo Rose from a nice lady on the internet who sent me the instructions and I have been using it for a couple of years now but a similar stitch to this is the Running Stitch-Colonial Knot combination that can be found in A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery page 28. Personal touches are the 3 mm freshwater pearls and 4 mm Blue Iris Czech glass beads.

Supplies needed:
Pieced block
DMC floss color 3345 dark green
DMC floss color 3346 light green
7 mm silk ribbon of your choice
Gold metallic floss by Krenik
Chenille needles large hole
Beading needles
Beading thread

First I make a leaf using 2 strands of DMC floss and 1 strand of gold thread in a large eye chenille needle, this prevents the gold metallic thread from fraying when pulling through the fabric because the hole is too small. Finishing this stitch I measure or estimate 1 and a half inch length to start another leaf with the light green DMC floss. Each stitch will be a half inch long totaling 1 and a half inches.

I space the leaves the length of the seam, then make my Fargo Roses.


When making the Fargo Roses I find having the knotted end length 4 inches works in making a fuller more realistic rose than using a shorter length. I like the way they look. I like using the side to side stitch which makes the roses look more like the concertina roses with pointed petals rather than going down the middle resulting in the square petals. Then you pierce right next to where you came up to get back to the underside and tie off.

After finishing the seam treatment I use my beading needle and thread to stitch down the 4mm Blue Iris Czech glass beads in between each leaf tip separating the roses and a 3mm freshwater pearls at end of the leaves next to the roses.


I hope you like this seam treatment and can use it on all of your pieced blocks.

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The silk ribbon I used is Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed 100% Silk Ribbon
DMC floss
Krenik Gold Metallic Thread
Chenille and beading needles with beading thread
4mm Blue Iris Czech fire polished glass beads
3mm Freshwater Pearls were purchased at the Intergalactic Bead Show if you can't find these pearls use faux pearls or 3 mm cream glass beads.
Some fabrics and all lace I hand dyed


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