Buying a ribbon-embroidered tablecloth can be expensive. You can create your own ribbon embroidery at home and that too at a very reasonable cost. Beginners who have very little idea about embroidery can also try these simple ribbon embroideries to create a stylish designer artwork. You just need an embroidery hoop, silk ribbon of different width and colors (2mm, 4mm, or 7mm),
Chenille needles, a piece of cloth, scissors, and lot of creative ideas.
Ribbon embroidery with silk threads can create exquisite yet simple designs that can decorate your hallway. The best thing about this form of stitching is that even if you make mistakes it can be easily fixed or can be presented as a new pattern or design.
Getting Ready To Stitch
First of all you need to visualize how your design is going to be. If you don’t feel very creative today try referring to books or the Internet for unique ideas. To start with, you can copy the same design and as you become more comfortable with ribbon embroidery stitches you can try a combination of various designs. You can even trace the pattern on the fabric to be stitched.
Stock a variety of silk ribbon of different sizes and colors. If you don’t want to spend too much as a beginner, decide on the colors you wish to paint your fabric with and get only those color ribbons.
Usually, when a silk ribbon is washed the color leaks and this may ruin your artwork. So, wash the silk ribbons before you start working with them. This will prevent the color from getting diffused or fuse with other ribbon or fabric colors.
Next, make sure you have lots of needles with the silk ribbons looped in them. Changing the thread, again and again, may be tedious so keep them ready to quickly pour your creativity onto the cloth.
Cut the ribbons into 12 inch long pieces and slip it into the eye of the needle. Lock the ribbon by slipping the needle point on one end of the ribbon (leave nearly half an inch from the ribbon tip) and then pulling the other end of the ribbon that has not been needled.
Embroidery Stitches And Its Uses
The embroidery stitches basically comprise of five stitches to create flamboyance and a striking piece of work. Be it flower petals, a budding flower, or the stem, each of them are created using different styles of embroidery stitches. Here are tips on how to knit the stitches and create a design. But don’t forget to place the cloth in the embroidery hoop before you start your embroidery.
Straight Stitch – Work the needle up from below the fabric and gently pull the ribbon out. Then push the needle down at another point in the fabric. This creates a straight line that is often used as simple lines or a background outline to craft other designs on it.
Stem Stitch or running stitch – Bring the needle up and then push the needle down further to your right. Then bring the needle up once again somewhere near the middle of your previous stitch. Make sure you don’t overlap the thread, and create the next stitch adjacent to the previous one. Stem stitch as the name suggest is used to create stems or branches of a tree.
Ribbon Stitch – Needle up the fabric from below and then extend the silk ribbon to another point, close to the first point. Next, bring the needle back to low by piercing it through the ribbon while creating a soft curl in the end of the ribbon. This is widely used to make flower petals or leaves. Make sure you don’t pull the ribbon too hard for the curl effect will be lost.
Lazy Daisy Stitch – This stitch is a bigger version of the chain stitch. Bring the needle up and then pierce it back at the same point to create a loop of the ribbon on the fabric. Then bring the needle up again and then loop it with the other loop in such a way that it creates a petal. This is used to create big flower petals or a chain design.
French Knot – Bring the needle up and then round the ribbon around needle. Then pierce the needle back downward and see a tight knot develop on the fabric. This stitch adds a lot of zing to the artwork and can be used to create borders or a bunch of small berries when stitched in clusters.
Now isn’t it easy to create ribbon embroidery. Get yourself equipped with a good book for beginners and the basic materials required to start your embroidery work. Why go for those expensive sofa covers or tablecloths when you can decorate your interiors with your own creative thoughts and some embroidery skills.
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