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silk ribbon

stitcherqueen | Posted in General Discussion on

hello new friendsI am crazy about silk ribbon embroidery and would love to hear from others with the same interest.  Any others out there??



  1. fabricholic | | #1

    I use to practice it. I never did an actual piece, but I just played with it. It is beautiful and it's not that hard, if you have some instruction pictures. It is time consuming, though. I love to watch the teacher's on Martha's Sewing Room do their embroidery.


  2. mimi | | #2

    I embroidered my daughter's wedding dress with silk embroidery a few years ago and have been looking to do some more.  I loved it!  Are you looking to hand embroider or machine embroider?


  3. solosmocker | | #3

    Silk ribbon embroidery is so lovely. I have often been tempted to pick it up to put in my embroidery tool box. One day soon...

  4. Roznos | | #4

    Yes, I love silk ribbon embroidery and have done numerous projects (clothing, cushions, needle cases) to name a few. I have been working in silk ribbon for over ten years and I have found it is so much more 'forgiving' then other embroideries.  I also have a large library of silk ribbon books, too and am always interested in finding more.  It is a wonderful hobby and I think very relaxing too!

  5. Sew Lady | | #5

    It so refreshing to hear from other silk ribbon embroidery enthusiast! I have been doing this for at least ten years. The only thing that I have noticed is that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find silk ribbons in fabric stores. There used to be much more selection than there is now. Still, it is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours!

    1. jatman | | #6

      Hi Sew Lady!  I was wondering - where do you get your silk ribbon?  Do you get it online and if so, where?  I've noticed that I can find all sorts of ribbon (various colors, sizes, etc.) but never real silk ribbon.  I purchased a couple of books on silk ribbon embroidery and it's just beautiful.  Something I'd like to try but I have no source for the ribbon and I just don't think the ribbon with a high polyester content will look as nice (it seem to lay differently).

      Thank you for any info!


      1. Sew Lady | | #7

        Hi, Jatman! Concerning your question about silk ribbon for embroidery-I have purchased them at Michael's and the notions catalog "Clotilde" used to carry them. "Nancy's Notions" catalog might still have them. I see from your profile that you are in the breath-taking country of Sweeden, so I am sure that your local fabric and craft store could either stock them or order them for you. As a last resort, I just Googled "silk ribbons" and came up with several sources. I also totally agree with you that polyster ribbons do not work well with this! Best of luck!

        1. jatman | | #8

          We have some really interesting fabric and notions shops here but I haven't yet found silk ribbons!  I'll check into the places you mentioned and the internet!  Thank you!


      2. fabricholic | | #9

        Do you have a Hobby Lobby store? They have it.Marcy

        1. jatman | | #10

          Nope - no Hobby Lobby for me here but I should try the art supply store we do have.  It may be the only place I haven't tried yet.

          Thank you,


          1. fabricholic | | #11

            Do you have a Wal-Mart? They might have a little bit. I know these smocking stores usually carry it, but they really mark it up and of course, Hancock's had some.Marcy

          2. jatman | | #12

            No - no Walmart, Hancock's or Jo-Ann's!  I'll have to look around a bit more for it.  I'll probably find it someplace that I wouldn't have suspected might have it!



          3. fabricholic | | #13

            I thought you lived in Atlanta and I checked and see you live in Sweden. What is it like there now. How is the weather?Marcy

          4. jatman | | #14

            It was absolutely beautiful today!  In the mid 60's and completely sunny!  The days are getting longer and pretty soon we will have more light than dark which is a relief after the winter darkness.  I'm hoping we have a nice, pleasant summer.  You're in Alabama so you're probably already enjoying the spring weather!


          5. fabricholic | | #15

            Oh yes. Everything is in full bloom. Our temperature has been reaching eighty, though. That's too hot. I hope we have some rain and then, the temp. will drop to 67 or so. That is normal.

            Edited 3/28/2007 7:57 pm by fabricholic

          6. MaryinColorado | | #16

            oooooooo, I would love to live where it's eighty degrees most of the time!  Mary

          7. fabricholic | | #17

            Well, in the summer it goes in the nineties. It is very humid and I get all sweaty, just standing outside. If you do anything exerting, you will really be soaked. That's what I don't like. I love sixty six or sixty seven degrees, but right now the pollen is so thick, it makes everybody itch and sneeze. My car was black, but now, it is a weird green color from all the pollen.

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            savonniere | | #19

            Just weighing in on the silk ribbon issue.  Does anyone follow Judith Baker Montano's works/books on silk ribbon embroidery?  She has her own line of real silk ribbons and threads available in some 70 or so different variegated colorways.  They are fabulous.  They are available from the distributor, Treenway Silk in Canada ([email protected]).  I think there are some dealers in the US also - one named "Joggles" which is in New York I think.

            I drool over silk ribbon and am searching for my hoop left over from childhood embroidery efforts.  My hands are itching to start.


          9. fabricholic | | #20

            I can't believe this. I pulled out my 2 embroidery books and one is by Judith Baker Montano. It is call The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery. The other book is The Big Book of Little Ribbon Embroidery Designs by Deanna Hall West. I think I will look through them tonight.Marcy

          10. woodruff | | #21

            It's not about silk embroidery, but I have an old pattern from a 1970s Family Circle or something, a reproduction of an 1890s crocheted shawl, with a fringe requiring 400 yards of 1/4" silk ribbon. Price that one out. But it is a gorgeous creation--in another economy and a different planet!

          11. sewingkmulkey | | #22

            Judy Montano's books and silk ribbons are wonderful.  I knew Judy 15-20 years ago when she lived in Texas and we were both members of Kingwood Area Quilt Guild.  She did fantastic stuff even way back then and I enjoyed taking a class from her.


  6. suesew | | #18

    I probably did a hundred hours of silk ribbon embroidery on my daughter's wedding dress. It was gorgeous. Wish I had other places to put it. A limited number of colors are available from Newark Dressmaker supply. http://www.newarkdress.com, '''Bethlehem PA

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