Hand Embroidery - Ribbon Embroidery
How to Work With Ribbon for Embroidery
Ribbon embroidery is one of the most stunning embroidery techniques in that it results in elegant, luxurious, three-dimensional designs that easily finish off an heirloom item. It takes some practice, patience, and good embroidering skills to be proficient at ribbon work but it is definitely worth the perseverance. This article provides some tips on getting started in ribbon embroidery.
Select quality ribbon.Always buy ribbon that is made well, carries a good colour and is recommended by the pattern. Pure silk ribbon is often a suggested preferred ribbon but there are other good quality ribbon types available, including rayon, satin etc. Cheaper ribbon from bargain stores may not be worth the savings in the long run; their fabric content can be questionable and the color might bleed if it becomes moist.
Use suitable thread.Embroidery thread is usually suitable for ribbon work but you should also be guided by the pattern's suggested thread.
Use the correct needle.A chenille or tapestry needle is the right needle for ribbon embroidery. The large eye in each of these needles will make a bigger hole in the fabric, making it easier for the ribbon to pass through and less wearing on the ribbon.
Work with short ribbon lengths.Ribbon tends to fray easily, hence it is better to work with it in shorter lengths so that it does not have to pass through the fabric too often. A good length to adopt is 30 centimeter (11.8 in) / 12" long. This will provide adequate length to work with, without tempting fraying.
Start each ribbon length by leaving a small tail of about 1 centimeter (0.4 in) / 3/8" long at the back of your work.Again, finish off with the same amount at the back each time. Stitch these tail ends at the end by sewing a thin embroidery thread through them from one end to the other or by letting embroidery stitches on the rest of the work sew through them. This will keep them in place without leaving bumps under your work.
Don't hold the thread or ribbon too tightly.Work with a loose tension when embroidering using ribbon. This will help to keep the shape of your stitches and won't pull the ribbon out of shape, threatening fraying.
Prevent the ribbon from twisting as you work.Do this by making each stitch on the fabric and holding that in place with your thumb, and pulling the ribbon through at the same time.
QuestionWhat is the correct name for ribbon embroidery?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEasily enough, it's exactly that -- ribbon embroidery. There is no fancy term for it.Thanks!
QuestionHubby brought me a ribbon embroidery kit but it's all in Chinese. It's of a fairy. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionIs silk ribbon safe to wash?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it certainly is. Use cold water in a small basin that you can easily hold the ribbon in and use a gentle soap, such as a castille soap. Wash the same colors only, do not mix colors or dye may stain lighter ribbons. Air dry, either hanging or laid flat on a towel. Use a towel that you don't mind staining, in case dye leaches from the ribbon while drying.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I tie the end so it doesn't come loose?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can either whip the last tail of the ribbon around the stitches at the back, or secure it with a needle and thread.Thanks!
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