This is my second attempt with silk ribbon embroidery. To do this project project, I had to : do regular thread embroidery ( the leaves, pot, and yellow ribbon), fabric painting and actual silk embroidery.
I am still learning and discovering this gorgeous method of embroidery. Unfortunately, I find it a bit time consuming and due to the expensive nature of buying the silk ribbons, I cannot work in haste but have to really plan my project beforehand.
Here’s how I decided on this project. I had bought a kit that came along with the design already painted on the cloth along with the appropriate ribbons and threads. After I bought it, it was lying in my room for a while. When I did open it a month or so ago, I was surprised to see the actual size of the printed painting on the cloth. It was too small! I couldn’t understand how the maker, a well-known silk ribbon embroiderer, would have wanted for the flowers of 13mm to fit on that tiny canvas. I was left with no choice but to paint a replica on another piece of cloth. Sadly, I did not exactly choose the right fabric, it was a bit late for me to realise that I shouldn’t have worked on the voile. See, mistakes galore when you start on any creative work! Here’s a photo of the printed geraniums and the dimensions I chose to work out on, placed side by side.
Next step, I took out my fabric paints and coloured all over except the flowers, since I only needed the space to be indicated around the flowers. Also, if I had painted flowers, when I did stitch on my flowers, the painting underneath would not have looked nice.
Now came the part for me to make the flowers. I understood something. It is really not easy when you have to learn complicated stitches like this from a book. After having completed my first silk ribbon embroidery, I thought I was confident in trying other flower forms from a book. This particular flower form was quite complicated for me. Here’s the flower shape shown below in the book.
Whew!! This was the toughest part for me. I am happy only with the very last flower that I stitched, because it was only then that I finally started to get the hang of it. But all in all, I forgive myself because I had to learn from a book. I have filled up the flower centers using 2mm ribbons and yellow thread, using the french knot stitches. Below I’ve added some buds. When I got to the part of embroidering over the leaves, I almost heaved sighs of relief. This was a part I didn’t have to stress over at all, and after that I came to enjoy the project a lot.