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Beginners' Silk-Ribbon Embroidery: Five Easy Stitches

Vests come to life with asymmetrical floral designs embroidered with silk ribbon.
The basic straight stitch can be used for numerous effects.
Ribbon stitch makes great leaves or petals.
Vests come to life with asymmetrical floral designs embroidered with silk ribbon.

Vests come to life with asymmetrical floral designs embroidered with silk ribbon.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Stem stitch
Use this stitch for flower stems and outlining.

Stem stitch Sampler
1. Bring up at A, pull through.

2. Insert needle at B on stem line. Holding thread below line, pull out at C directly in line with last stitch (not above or below) and 1/8 in. from B, pull through. Continue to end of line, making sure thread is always held below line of stitching.

Once you've mastered the basics, take a look at more of my favorite stitches, with examples of how I use them in designs.

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Comments (9)

kayem818 kayem818 writes: I have a ribbon embroidery quilt that has been damaged by my pet (long nails caught the ribbons). Is there anyone in Washington County, Maine who would be interested in repairing this quilt? It was very expensive and is still very beautiful. I don't know how to repair it, but hoping there is someone out there to do it.
Posted: 12:07 pm on January 12th

LoritaGable LoritaGable writes: Nice embroidery
Posted: 4:40 am on December 5th

WillowMchenry WillowMchenry writes: This is so pretty and i like this embroidery
Posted: 6:21 am on November 13th

user-3606258 user-3606258 writes: I have just joined. I see questions here that I would like to know the answers to also but, I do see any answers. Where can I find them?
Posted: 5:17 pm on July 17th

kpop_princess kpop_princess writes: this is so helpful!!!!!!
Posted: 5:43 am on June 1st

shifa shifa writes: hi! i love embroidery works very much i would like have more of these and ofcourse its really helpfull thanx
Posted: 11:48 pm on June 12th

dearly dearly writes: thanks its really help me
Posted: 5:05 am on February 20th

Peeshy Peeshy writes: I have never done SRE but would love to learn - what kind of a needle should I use?
Posted: 6:31 pm on November 17th

SusanGayle SusanGayle writes: I would love to take this up again but I can't find the ribbons anymore. I see some 2, 4, & 7mm but not 9 & 13 and no organza. I used Bucilla last time. That was all the was available in our area. Now the isn't any. Even the ones that pop up an a search don't seem to have many (or any).
Posted: 4:17 am on October 2nd

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