How to Make Ribbon Trim
Recently I purchased a stole at a vintage shop. I had to have it, just to get an example of this extraordinary trim, which I then had to figure out how to make. This post presents the results.
Here's a detail, that shows how this sweet little trim can be used to good effect.
When explaining this trim, as well as other kinds of ribbon work, I will refer to the unit of measure as "ribbon width". I learned about this method of measurement from Candice Kling's excellent book The Artful Ribbon.
Using the width of the ribbon as the increment of measure, makes any work easily scalable, either larger or smaller. The trim on the inside of this stole was 3/8" finished width at its widest point.
Since you will lose 25% of the ribbon length when making this trim, make sure to cut your ribbon length 125% of the finished length you need.
Begin the stitching at the lower end of the ribbon and work upwards.
Repeat the process all along the length of the ribbon to create the trim.
Once you're finished stitching, "dress" the trim by fluffing the folds upwards, in the same direction you worked the trim.
Posted on Feb 6th, 2012 in how-to, embellishments, embroidery, home decoration