Thursday, September 6, 2007

SRE Stitch Guide

Okay, so scheduling my week of the Ladies Finishing School at the beginning of the school year was not so smart. On top of things I am not. Let's just plunge in and make something beautiful.

To thread, lock, and knot the ribbon, see this how-to page. Note that silk ribbon is not allowed to slide through the eye of the needle like floss.

Here is the stitch guide for the design provided:

The vine/stem is worked in stem stitch with two strands of green floss to coordinate with the green ribbon you chose. Most of it will be covered by the ribbon stitches, but it serves as a skeleton upon which to place your stitches.

The Straight Stich Rose, shown in the diagram as a full on rose toward the middle, is also called a Spider Web Rose. Follow the link for a diagram of how the stitch is made (scroll down to find it). Use two strands of matching floss to securely work straight stitches to form the five spokes. When weaving the ribbon through the spokes, keep the ribbon loose and allow it to twist. This is a dimensional stitch and should stand up from the fabric.

You will use Japanese Ribbon Stitch to form the other flowers, buds, and leaves. This is a versatile SRE stitch and is used as a basis for other stitch combinations. Five-petal flowers are formed by bringing the needle up in the middle of the flower for each petal. Buds are a single Ribbon Stitch in the flower color with a green Ribbon Stitch to either side and overlapping the bud stitch. Leaves are Ribbon stitches placed singly or in small groups. Again, do not pull the stitch too tightly or you will lose the lovely roll over at the tip.

French Knots are used for flower centers and as accents (there's only one such accent in this design). Don't despair if French Knots are difficult for you when using cotton floss. You'll love how easy it is to make beautiful French Knots with silk ribbon.

As you stitch, make sure you do not come up or push down through a knot. This will cause resistance that will pull the work on top and ruin your pretty stitches.

You may wish to practice a bit on a scrap piece of fabric before you begin work on your chosen piece.

1 comment:

  1. I always had a hard time with French Knots when my mother tried to teach me embroidery as a child. I always messed them up.


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