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Book Giveaway–Ribbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments

Jun 18, 2009
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Natalie Bellanger-Clement provides tips and techniques for all levels of embroiderers in this guide.

For the many fashionistas out there, the goal is to look stylish and add a unique touch to any garment. Ribbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments will help you do just that.

In her new book, textile professor Natalie Bellanger-Clement provides a style guide for personalizing any wardrobe. Basic knowledge of fabric, stitching, and technique allows sewers to break from the confines of patterns to create a design all their own. All stitches are described in great detail with accompanying illustrations, and each stitch can be completed in less than six steps.

Ribbon Embroidery, from Potter Craft, a division of The Crown Publishing Group., focuses on various simple stitches such as points, lines, and filled shapes – like leaves and latticework – that can help you update your wardrobe in no time. Both experienced sewers seeking to add personality to their garments and sewers hoping to design something new will definitely enjoy this book.

For the chance to win a free copy of Ribbon Embroidery for yourself, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm on 6/18/09. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on 6/19/09.

***Congratulations to LaceandSteam!***

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  1. noureenajmal January 2nd

    hey ,i really love doing embroidery ,i have seen ur work its coooool keep it up

  2. SusieQ8109 August 27th

    This looks like an awesome book for my craft book collection. We do not have much money coming in right now. So I have to get alot off of the internet now. This would be a great book for me to have. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.

  3. sedw2009 August 2nd

    I'M WORKING ON A DENIM PATCHWORK SKIRTS FOR MY TWO GRAND-DAUGHTERS AND THE RIBBON EMBROIDERY WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THIS PROJECT. I CAN ALSO EMBELLISH SOME T-SHIRTS TO GO WITH DIFFERENT OUTFITS TOO. I CERTAINLY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK. I ALSO LOVE THREADS MAGAZINE. I HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO THIS MAGAZINE FOR MANY YEARS. I AM ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE CREATIVE WAYS THAT GARMENTS ARE MADE AND EMBELLISHED. THANK YOU 'THREADS'.

  4. VickieCollins June 19th

    I remember when I was younger I use to enjoy doing embrodery and cross stitch. An think this would be a very educational and crative way to update my old wardrobe.

  5. VickieCollins June 19th

    I remember when I was younger loving to embroder and do cross stich. It would be educational and interesting to use this method for updating my old wardrobe!

  6. lupe2918 June 19th

    I bet this book has plenty of ideas to use on a pillow I'm making for my little girl. I want to decorate it with little flowers, since her name is Dahlia. This book would be a great help!

  7. jblanton41 June 18th

    very nice book- would love to win
    thank you

  8. User avater sewsilly4ads June 18th

    Beautiful book. Great way to add new look to existing pieces.

  9. Kristin_L June 18th

    This looks lovely! What a beautiful cover. I love ribbon embroidery!

  10. Minx_53 June 18th

    These ideas are going to be real helpful. My grand-daughters are growing so fast, and with styles changing all the time, it's hard for thier mother to keep up. They are on a limited income, so any thing that can help upgrade or change the style of a garment with little cost is right for us.

  11. carvedinmarble June 18th

    i can imagine using other ribbon-like materials in this way too.

  12. carvedinmarble June 18th

    oooh, would LOVE this book. excellent giveaway choice.

  13. JoyN June 18th

    What a great book! Thanks for giving it away...

  14. sewsassy June 18th

    This book looks like a great addition to anyone's sewing library.

  15. User avater heidilyn June 18th

    I am always looking to add new books to my sewing collection. If I don't win it I'll probably buy it anyway. I have been looking for new inspiration for embellishments and trims. Looks like another great read!

  16. User avater craftygirl June 17th

    It doesn't matter how many books there are out there... You can always find interesting and new ideas. This book looks like one of those well put together books with lots updated color choices and uses for the ribbon work. I would love to have it.

  17. Minderkin June 17th

    This looks lovely. I would be over the moon if I won it. :)

  18. charolette33 June 17th

    This looks like it would be a lovely craft to pick up. Love the cover!

  19. User avater celticangel June 17th

    I would love to win this book!!! I love to sew and I am learning new things everyday about sewing!!!

  20. User avater missdee June 17th

    I love making fabrics....I love learning new techniques...I love reading craft books and knitting patterns and I've never won anything...oh that's a lie I made a small coin purse from some fabric I had made and that was the first thing I ever won and that was a couple of months ago...Oh and my comment is the three millionth so it won't be read!! And I'm in England...Oh but I do have a subscription to threads which I adore....I have began to make some ribbons with organza...I wonder what's in the book????
    Anyway thanks for passing on your inspiration, skills and imagination.

  21. momster399 June 17th

    I would enjoy and get great use out of this book! I am teaching my girls to embellish and don't have many ideas as of yet. Looks like a great book.

  22. conflady1 June 17th

    I used to do ribbon embroidery a lot and if I win the maybe I could join ribbon embroidery and machine embroidery together.

  23. pcp168 June 17th

    I've been looking for something like this! I've just starting sewing a year ago and it's so much fun! Just wish there was more time in the day!


  24. User avater Nannysc June 16th

    Since it's been several years since I've done ribbon embroidery, I work absolutely LOVE to receive this book! After Hurricane Katrina took everything, I have yet to replace most of my "extras" - which includes sewing books. With granddaughters, I would enjoy creating elegant gift items for them. Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  25. mommaviv June 16th

    I could really use this. I've just gotten into sewing and re-styling and want to work on adding those details that will make my clothes my own.

  26. Tracy230 June 16th

    This book sounds like a real inspiration.

  27. khrysalis June 16th

    I'd love to see this book up close and in person, and try some of its ideas. I'd love to start by adding some detail to my army of unadorned t-shirts!

  28. User avater ShiningStar June 16th

    This looks like something fun to try.

  29. Pinkushion June 16th

    I would love to have this book to show the illustrations and design to others. I'm going to be starting a childrens sewing "hand and machine" class. I would love to be able to introduce the girls,along with the mothers into other avenues of crafting. What better way than to have books showing ideas and examples to them. With the economy being as such, we need to re-introduce crafts and get the creative jucies flowing once again. This program will be free of charge, to the girls. AS it is a love of mine to see how excited they get when they have made something with their own hands and minds.

  30. Loomchick June 16th

    Each stitch can be accomplished in fewer than six steps???!!! Sounds like a book I should have!

  31. linjj June 16th

    I am just learning to do this and think it is wonderful! This is one of the hobbies I have taken up since my last child left last year. thank goodness "empty nest" also has some good points!

  32. ghanabest June 16th

    Yes, this is the best article I have read about ribbon embellishments. I could really use this book right away. Thank you for entering me into this drawing. Betty!

  33. threadymiss June 16th


    I have always wanted to learn the correct way to use all those different knots and things. I have so much ribbon already and I would love to use them. There's nothing prettier than ribbon embroidery on swearters and other things. I hope you will have more on this kind of embellishments on this site.

  34. CrystalGrandma June 16th

    My son is getting married in September and I'm making the dresses (starting with the Brides, her five attendants her two daughters and the flower girls) This book looks like it has detailed instructions even for the Beginner. I can think of several uses that I could do some ribbon embroidery on to make them very special and one of a kind. I would love to win this amazing looking book!

  35. Michianna June 16th

    This book will lead the beginning ribbon embroiderer with its illustrations and an assortment of basic stitches; it is just the thing to equip a person to add an extra level of creative accent to the already one-of-a-kind garments and decorative accessories we home sewists are making. Thank you, Threads, for bringing this book to my attention! This is why I keep on subscribing year after year! Other magazines may come and go but Threads is the one I don't even consider cancelling.

  36. divastarr June 16th

    I have so many refashions that could be improved with this Embroidery.

  37. Istich June 16th

    I am of Hungarian heritage and my grandmother taught me how to embroider by hand. We used to embroider together and she would always do the ribbon embroidery herself and told me that one day when I was old enough that it would be my turn. Still waiting...lol. I have since learned how a little but would love to re-gain the knowledge through this book. Thank you for the chance :)

  38. lynne_from_NC June 16th

    It looks like a great book. Please enter me in the contest.
    Thanks!

  39. mako82 June 16th

    Where can I buy this if I don't win it? I have so many things of my own and my daughters I would love to up-date!

  40. User avater teristich June 16th

    What a wonderful book to add to my collection. thank you for the opportunity.

  41. circesmom June 16th

    I have been taking heirloom embroidery classes(done by machine) at our local sewing machine retail store. I am fascinated with the process and the results! The next class is on silk ribbon embroidery by machine. I think this book may be an interesting text to puruse in conjunction with this class.

  42. librasgem June 16th

    thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book i just started doing ribbon embroidery and i love it i deal with depression everyday. actually embroidery helps me,it keeps my mine focused.

  43. Trevap June 16th

    I would love, love, love this book! I've been wanting to learn ribbon embroidery and would love to have this book. Thanks for offering this contest and a GREAT magazine!

  44. angelwingz June 16th

    Beautiful... count me in :)

  45. SewistStLouis June 16th

    This book would be wonderful. I only learned silk ribbon embroidery by picking up a small kit on clearance. The book offers so much more and many beautiful designs.

  46. QuiltinDeb June 16th

    I recently attended an embroidery class in which they demonstrated using ribbon for roses. This is a fantastic embellishment concept. I look forward to reading more.

  47. User avater EndlessC June 16th

    This book looks like it has detailed instructions for even the novice. I can think of several projects that I'm working on that could use some ribbon embroidery. This book looks amazing ... would love to win it!

  48. User avater EndlessC June 16th

    This book looks like it has detailed instructions for even the novice. I can think of several projects that I'm working on that could use some ribbon embroidery. This book looks amazing ... would love to win it!

  49. LindiLou June 16th

    I love to embellish my creations so that they do not look 'store bought'. I also quilt and make my own handbags and I feel this book would inspire me to create even more!
    Ms. Bellanger-Clement, thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge.

  50. User avater BonniePT June 16th

    The inspiration to make my creations uniquely mine are what drives my sewing creations. I can't wait to find this book.
    Bonnie

  51. User avater Alpheda June 16th

    I would be thrilled to try these interesting embellishment techniques and use part of the stack of ribbons and buttons I accumulated over the years!

  52. SCSews June 16th

    What a great way to use all those bits of ribbon and trim that I've just inherited from my mother & grandmother's fabric stashes to incorporate them into my own sewing. Thanks to them, the sewing genes live on!

  53. User avater Bellbird June 16th

    I love embroidery and this book would open up a whole new world of embellishing for me.

  54. jazzykitty June 16th

    I have been interested in ribbon embroidery for some time now but just don't know where to begin. I think this book would make a great starting point. Thank you for the chance to win!

  55. rsgrandinetti June 16th

    I would love to win this. I'd love to try ribbon embroidery.

  56. JWHuey June 15th

    I love ribbon embroidery! I often bid and buy tablecloths, napkins, towels, and pillows embroidered with ribbon on Ebay. I would love to read this book and try this art.

    All the best,
    Judith Huey

  57. Jeansembroidery June 15th

    With ribbons, buttons and beads there is not end to how to embellish a new garment.(or old one) I have been using Ric Rac on my little girls dress' and adding beads and french knots to accent the colors. I look forward to reading your book and adding new embellishments to my stash!

  58. User avater 2much2make June 15th

    Would love to update a denim jacket for my 8 yr old niece and make it really feminine!

  59. sandyandcosmo June 15th

    I would love to try ribbon embroidery again, I'm sure this book would help me get back into it!

  60. monmedel June 15th

    I'm Making a wedding gown and would love to stich some ribon to the corset section.

  61. MolMal June 15th

    I have used different types of ribbon embroidery to make pillows for friends and family. I would love to have access to new stitches through this book.

  62. This would be a great book to add to my collection. I think ribbon embroidery gives a garment a very delicate feel. Reminds me of days of lore.

  63. joslyn386 June 15th

    Any type of emblishment I love to create and this book would help me change to look of my clothes.

  64. janel10 June 15th

    I just love Ribbon Embroidery. I used to do Needle Point quite a bit and would just love to start Ribbon Embroidery.

  65. SUZAG June 15th

    What a beautiful femine touch this technique would add to ANYTHING!

  66. fashionista93 June 15th

    I am always looking for new ways to transform the clothes i already own into new and fabulous pieces. Embroidery would be the perfect way and this book looks like it would be extremly helpful.

  67. janer711 June 15th

    The book looks great. I learned to embroider when I was a kid. I haven't done it in a while but I used to love crewel work.

  68. User avater lxlaube June 15th

    OMG! I have embellished my pocketbooks with ribbon embroidery and beading and would love to perfect my skills. Every project is a new learning opportunity and this adds so much. Pick me!

  69. aleedham June 15th

    Granddaughter and I have been recycling clothes from thrift stores for our wardrobes. Embellishing is just one way to revamp a blouse or skirt. And its a great way for us to spend time together. She's becoming quite accomplished at handwork and design.

  70. annvan June 15th

    I am just new to ribbon embroidery and I need a book for reference.

    annvan

  71. AimeeG June 14th

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Silk ribbon embroidery is beautiful on garments.

  72. User avater thestitchinchicken June 14th

    It looks like a great book! I'd love to try some of the projects!

  73. Crazygal June 14th

    I use to teach designs on clothing and would like to start again with a new twist. Ribbon Embroidery would be a perfect
    plus!

  74. princesspetal June 14th

    This book looks so great! My girls' and their 4H friends would love to learn how to spice up their wardrobes with some funky ribbon embroidery!

  75. cardboard_queen June 14th

    I have been collecting up everything I can find about ribbon embroidery. I really want to learn how to do it. This book would be a big help!

  76. Judyta June 14th

    While I'm just a novice in ribbon embroidery and really love the myriad of textures it offers. I'd truly love to have this book.

  77. JoanieG June 14th

    i HAVE TRIED SOME RIBBON EMBROIDERY ON LINENS FREE HAND BUT I BET I COULD DO A BETTER JOB IN I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING. THIS TECHNIQUE IS GREAT FOR WEDDING AND SHOWER GIFTS, YOU CAN GET REALLY WILD FITTING THE EMBELLISHMENT TO THE PERSONALITIES OR LIFESTYLE OF THE COUPLE

  78. tequello June 14th

    I'm looking to start a lot of projects and would love to take ideas from this book!

  79. Beadreams June 14th

    When the Wright's outlet closed I purchased needles of every kind...I love to embroider but didn't know what to do with all the ribbon embroidery needles. Winning this book would be helpful!

  80. nashz June 14th

    This book looks adorable. I'd love to win it!

  81. User avater dlipsky June 14th

    This looks like a great book, I always try to find new things to learn.

  82. User avater lynnewill June 14th

    I appreciate the very clear step by step instructions, with such clear photos of the process. The overall concept would be great to share with my students for updating their wardrobe instead of starting from scratch.

  83. l3designs June 13th

    I've never done any ribbon embroidery... I'm sure my girls would love it on their things....

  84. bbarrett June 13th

    Lookslike this could be a good book for a beginner.

  85. JaPerry June 13th

    This looks like a great book. I am new to ribbon embriodery and this books looks just like somehting to get the creative juices flowing.

  86. AyalaLevinger June 13th

    I would love to win this book. I tried already some stitches but would like to learn more and to use this technique in my crazy quilting.

  87. User avater DAE June 13th

    Love ribbon embroidery, looks beautiful and traditional. It can be done on ANYthing. Hats to purses to jeans. What a great look. This book looks lovely.

  88. craftyaggie June 13th

    I love stitching with ribbon. I have a kit that used ribbon embroidery and I loved how beautifully it turned out.

  89. TakoInk June 13th

    That book looks like it would be a TON of fun to experiment with. Would be really cute on all the bags I'm making out of cheap thrift store fabric finds!

  90. Pinknina June 13th

    That book looks so awesome! I would love getting it & try the techniques there! >v<

  91. alovelything June 13th

    Love that it's not just florals. Please, please enter me!

  92. User avater asimplestitch June 13th

    I would love to try some of these things out!

  93. one_who_crops June 13th

    This is a book that I would truly love to have. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  94. User avater laceandsteam June 13th

    I'm really looking forward to this book. I'm envisioning ribbon embroidery to jazz up a plain, but servicable little twinset, for a start.

  95. Arizonadream June 13th

    Definitely it's what I was looking for :)

  96. rachelnm June 13th

    Oh the inspiration has already started...but where to start :) I've love to try my hands at some of those stitches.

  97. kakori June 13th

    I've always wanted to try ribbon embroidery, maybe on a neckline.

  98. User avater jmrober June 12th

    This is a book I will add to my (long) wish list. I have the ribbon now I just need some instructions. Very cool!

  99. ibonlion2 June 12th

    Looks like a wonderful book!

  100. purple_flower June 12th

    Ribbon Embroidery for romantic feminine me.

  101. JennieC June 12th

    I'm in!

  102. DMcnamara June 12th

    Wow! This looks really cool and would be a great way to use some of the ribbons I have in my drawers!

  103. ggsgrandboys June 12th

    I've never tried ribbon embroidery even though I think its beautiful. This book would help me make a very special gift for my niece who is about to graduate from high school. She is a dancer and loves embellished clothing and accessories!

  104. DebbieLynn1 June 12th

    Many years ago I did a little of this - I need to try this again! It is so beautiful.

  105. ccarissa June 12th

    I read about this book on Knitty last night. It looks amazing!

  106. CupcakeCatie19 June 12th

    i love ribbon and i love mebellishments, this book will be awsome!!

  107. anatneve June 12th

    Sounds super interesting!
    Really hope to win!

  108. User avater LaurieJ June 12th

    oooh, the cover is sooo pretty! pick me!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  109. letterwoman June 12th

    Thanks for the contest. I hope I win!

  110. KCGal June 12th

    I am just starting ribbon embroidery. I would love this book.

  111. elizart June 12th

    I would LOVE to win this book. How fun it would be to try out. Thanks for the chance.
    Cheers, EL.

  112. sarathelaundress June 12th

    I've been looking at trying ribbon embroidery for ages. This books looks like it would be just the inspriation I need!

  113. AthenaWeaves June 12th

    Threads magazine came out when I was in high school sewing class just learning how to keep my seams strait without sewing my thumbs. My mom came home with the first issue and I was hooked. Threads became the bridge to attempting designer looks seen in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and WWD. The magazine is a regular part of my sewing routine as much as my sewing machine is. I’d write some more but I’ve gotta get going to get the stories in this next issue……

  114. User avater Luceida June 12th

    I would love to have this book!!!.. I can think a Million and one uses!!
    Hope I win it!

  115. User avater Luceida June 12th

    I would LOVE to have this book,... I can think of a million uses for it...
    Hope I win it!

  116. ToriD June 12th

    I have ALWAYS wanted to learn this craft. I think it is so unique and a great way to make your projects personal. This book is a must have!

  117. Sewmary June 12th

    The ribbon embroidery makes the garment so distinctive, so unique, so non-mass-produced! I just love it. And it has so many applications -- on clothing, purses, pillows, baby things, etc. The book looks like such an inspiration.

  118. User avater mirela June 12th

    Waw! I always wanted to learn how to do this, I think it looks gorgeous on linen, wool or silk even jersey.

  119. burgerbc June 12th

    I just checked out How to Make A T-Shirt Tote. Great idea!! I have grandchildren who have out grown a favorite t-shirt. Now they can keep their t-sirt forever. Thanks for the great ideas.

  120. User avater Hyacinth19 June 12th

    I just LOVE the ribbon embroidery! So pretty! It would also look great on a linen purse for summer, too (to match that dress!).

    I did lots of embroidery as a teenager (no computers to distract the mind back then) and this inspires me to do it again.

    Beautiful work!

    Nancy

  121. Caityquilter June 12th

    oooh - pretty! This could be the impetus I need to actually get out those ribbons...

  122. CHL June 11th

    This seams like a great skill to learn, and a perfect addition to a linen dress for a summer wedding! See? I've already got a project in mind. Hurry!

  123. Mandreyo June 11th

    This book sounds so cool! I would love to win.

  124. LindaFaye June 11th

    Please enter me in your contest. Thanks

  125. User avater eeamende June 11th

    This book looks really cool! I'm in love with ribbon embroidery and love learning about it!

  126. bean42069 June 11th

    This looks great, I'd love to win it!

  127. AshasStudio June 11th

    This is the type of book that I've been waiting for! Can't wait to purchase it and then start working with some of the stitches.

  128. Jeager June 11th

    I would love to try some of these stiches on a vintage-style dress or jacket ... or even just a throw cushion - house couture!

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