Monday, May 4, 2009

Quick Mother's Day Embroidery

I volunteer by teaching embroidery. I made up a design to teach basic ribbon embroidery for a class this past week. It was so quick and easy I thought I would share it. It would be great made into a brooch, on a shirt, sachet, or on a pincushion for a last minute gift for Mother's Day.

You need only 3 colors of 4 mm silk ribbon, fabric, size 24 chenille needle and 3 basic embroidery stitches to complete this quick project. (optional beads, pearls, or crystal beads)

The class started with the spider web rose in a variegated ribbon.

The rose, when complete, resembles the two roses to the right. The size is adjusted by the beginning stitches. Make 5 stitches that look like spokes of a wheel. The size of the spokes determine the size of the roses.

Next bring your ribbon to the front at the center, where the spokes meet,

and begin weaving the ribbon, first over then under the 5 spokes.

Continue alternating the over and under weaving until the spokes are completely covered. Your roses are complete. Bring the ribbon to the back of the fabric and tie it off.

Next change your ribbon color to create the next forget-me-not flower. With the blue ribbon you will again be making spokes or petals of a flower in this case. You will bring you ribbon from the back of the fabric and front where you would like the center of your flower to be. Lay your ribbon flat on the fabric. Position it where you would like to extend a petal of your flower. Pierce the ribbon and gentle pull the ribbon to the back of the fabric. As you pull the ribbon it will form a point. Don't pull too tightly because the ribbon will curl into itself. Create 5 petals in a circle fashion.

Next add a few lazy daisy leaves in green silk ribbon, a few pearls and crystals and you have a quick design to add to something for Mom.

Until next time...


  1. Oh I love it! I'm going to have to try this. Thank you!

  2. You make it look so easy! Great Mothers Day idea too. Now, where on earth did I pack away my ribbon embroidery stuff.... !!

  3. It's so beautiful! I'm longing to pull out my silk ribbons. The variegated ribbon is very pretty.

    Happy Stitching...Ann :)

  4. These are beautiful!!!
    kari & kijsa

  5. Very pretty Wagonwife!!
    Thank you for sharing!


  6. Oh, very sweet - thank you for the step by step help!


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