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Silk ribbon embroidery, bamboo ahead on show


Last updated 5/30/2020 at 2:17pm

Information on silk ribbon embroidery, working with bamboo and making a miniature paper purse holder will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain).

Kim Sanders represents the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and she’s going to show how to use silk ribbon and familiar embroidery stitches to create some beautiful projects. She says this technique is a great place for those new to embroidery to begin their stitching journey. She lives in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Floral designer, Carly Cylinder will show how to use two different techniques when working with horsetail, which is a type of bamboo. The final product looks like an exotic floral arrangement! Her company is Flour LA and Flour LA Jr. and she’s from Brooklyn, New York.

Diane Tunnell is an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!, and she’s going to demonstrate how to make a miniature paper purse that can hold candy treats or other small items. This is a very simple project but is very impressive when you see how easy it is to make. Tunnell lives in Clovis.

Information on creating a monochromatic centerpiece and making duck tape rosettes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Casey Schwartz is a floral designer and co-owner of Flower Duet, and she’s going to show how to use all white flowers to create a clean monochromatic low centerpiece. This centerpiece is good anytime of the year or as a winter white arrangement. She lives in Redondo Beach, California.

Crafter and designer Marisa Pawelko will show how to make duck tape rosettes using non stick cutting tools and rolls and sheets of duck tape. Then, she’ll show some uses for these rosettes, including jewelry, pouches, corsages and more. Her company is Modern Surrealist, and she lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Silk ribbon embroidery

What is silk ribbon embroidery? Silk ribbon embroidery is stitched with 100% silk ribbons. It is often combined with other types of embroidery. While many of the stitches are familiar like lazy daisy stitch and French knot, some are unique to silk ribbon. And some like woven spiderweb look completely different when silk ribbon is used instead of thread. Since the ribbon is wide, silk ribbon embroideries work up fairly quickly. Mostly it is used for small items but you can stitch entire scenes with it. Flowers gardens are especially beautiful stitched in ribbon.

What kinds of ribbon are used for silk ribbon embroidery? The most important thing is to choose 100% silk ribbons. Unfortunately the polyester ribbons sold in fabric stores won’t work. 100% silk compresses much more than polyester so it will stitch through fabric. Plus it folds beautifully. Silk ribbon comes in the most luscious colors especially the over-dyed ribbons. The most common widths are 4mm and 7mm but occasionally you can find wider ribbons or very narrow 2mm ribbon.

Is silk ribbon combined with other types of embroidery? Since silk ribbon is wide, it is usually combined with some sort of embroidery thread like floss. Floss is often used for stems or details on silk ribbon motifs. Silk ribbon can be used to supplement other embroideries. It combines very well with stumpwork and is good for things like tree leaves since it works up so quickly.

Is silk ribbon difficult to learn? It is a great embroidery for a beginner. Some stitches are easier than others as with most types of embroidery. But with only two stitches – a spider web rose and a leaf stitch, one can produce a beautiful motif.

What types of items are embellished with silk ribbon? Silk ribbon makes anything special. It’s lovely on clothing as long as dye fast ribbon is chosen. It can be used on small needlework accessories like pincushions, on pillows and framed as pictures.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at:

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