Silk-ribbon embroidery transforms functional objects into something special. The projects make wonderful gifts, as well as embellishments for your home. Ribbon, as an embellishment, was at the height of its popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries, used by both men and women to adorn their clothing and shoes. Today we use silk ribbon embroidery in home fashions, women's clothing and accessory embellishment.
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Adding silk-ribbon embroidery to your purchased accessories makes for a designer look without the price. Sweaters are a natural place to use some wider silk ribbon for opulent blooms that grace one shoulder or lay across the bodice of the garment.
Another silk-ribbon accessory project that is fun to wear is a baseball cap. Adding silk ribbon flowers to a hat, like the one designed by Susan Cullen and featured on the Head Huggers website, enables you to show off your own favourite stitches. Use Cullen's idea as a jumping-off point, your own silk ribbons, along with a variety of stitches, for a silk-ribbon embroidery project you will love to be seen wearing.
If you prefer a more sophisticated look, stitch silk-ribbon embroidery onto a length of wide ribbon and use it to encircle the brim of a straw or woven hat. You can tie it in place with a bow and change the hatband out whenever you change your outfit, or simply because the mood strikes you.
Stitching silk-ribbon embroidery into craft projects enables you to combine fun with function. By pre-punching holes in paper, you can achieve a clean, professional look when combining paper crafts with embroidery. Mary Corbet, of Needle 'n Thread, provides just such directions for a handmade embroidered card project. With a few online tips, you can turn out a beautiful card as your gift. In 30 minutes, you can have a card that the recipient can frame after the occasion is over.
Add silk ribbon embroidery to any purchased item for a personalised touch. Add a row of embroidered blooms across the woven border of a hand towel for your powder room. Display a bouquet of silk-ribbon flowers on a throw pillow cover to coordinate with your home's decor. Sprinkle silk-ribbon flowers across the face of purchased curtains and you have a unique, one of a kind, accessory for your home.
You can also make home furnishing items from scratch that incorporate silk-ribbon embroidery. Victoria Adams Brown presents a range of silk-ribbon embroidery projects on her RibbonSmyth website. Projects include a sweet little ribbon rose bouquet mounted in a small resin oval frame. The perfect little gift for a teacher, or a bridal shower favour, this project uses moire fabric, silk ribbons and silk floss for the ultimate in elegance.
Our Veggie Garden, has a similar project for a dainty floral bouquet mounted in a small frame. Clearly written directions, along with pictures and diagrams make the design easy to complete.
Websites describing and providing instruction for stitching various silk ribbon embroidery stitches are often a good place to kick-start your imagination. Select stitches that you like as the starting point for a silk ribbon embroidery project. Emulate designs pictured in embroidery galleries or print magazines substituting your own stitches for a personalised silk ribbon project.
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