Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tutorial: Straight Stitch Rose, spider web rose & french knot


Looking through the tutorials, I realized I never really got into how you could use the stitches that I taught. So here is a design idea: Fantasy Heart!

To start, draw a heart. Fill in the top center and a few of the edges with your favorite flowers. Rosettes, roses and carnations can be made with spider web stitch. Babys breath, delphinium, hyacinth and forget me nots can be made in french knots. Just about anything can be duplicated in straight stitch - fully open roses, marigolds and lavender to name a few :)
For my heart, I have decided on spider web roses (the circles with the crosses through them), hanging flowers (the small circles) and flowering spring flowers from the bottom of the heart. Now that you have a picture of what you want transfer it to your fabric. I use the minimum amount of marks on the fabric:
That ink may vanish with water, but I don't want to get the ribbon too wet unnecessarily. Refer to your picture for the final look and use the pen to mark the placement.

For this tutorial, I am using the 4 mm sampler pack from Pink Peppercorns + her 'spanking' ribbon selection.
First Stitch: French Knot
Lets start with your straight stitch flowers.
1. Start with a french knot of two to three wraps. (Wrap the ribbon two to three times around the needle). Place the needle close to where you brought the ribbon up. Holding the ribbon with your other hand, draw the needle through until you have a loose knot.
2. Draw your needle up near the knot and place it near the knot in a small straight stitch. Repeat this two to three times fora small rosette pictured below. Keep going to make larger or full sized roses!

Second Technique: Spider Web
For my spider web, I am choosing to make roses. First, cut your 12 inches of ribbon and lock it onto your needle. Stitch the frame for the spider web- five straight stitches of equal length, arranged like bicycle spokes. Knot off the ribbon and thread the same color ribbon.

Then draw up your ribbon near the center of the spokes. Be very careful not to catch the spokes. Now place your needle under the spoke nearest to where you brought it up, between the fabric and the ribbon. Do not piece the fabric. Carefully draw the ribbon through. Letting the ribbon fall over the second spoke, thread the ribbon under neath the third spoke. Using this every other spoke technique, wind the ribbon around your frame.
Pictures of how to wind the spokes:

Continue to stitch all of your spider web roses.

Next, lets do french knots! You already saw how to make one from the straight stitch flower. Play with color by placing several french knots near one another, switching ribbons to close hues.
Don't become married to your pattern. Do what looks good and what works out.

My pattern didn't include a blue - green rose, but I like it!
If you have any questions, please comment!

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