Ribbon embroidery for beginners: daisies
Free workshop by Little Owl SmartCrafts TM (www.owl-crafts.com). Not for sale!
Camomiles are one of the easiest yet effective flowers done in silk ribbon embroidery.
Step 1. Ribbon embroidery for flower centres
Use water eraisable marker to draw an oval shape for daisy flower centre. Fill it in with French knots using 2 and 4mm silk ribbon. The ribbon size depends on the size of your camomile, of course.
Stitches used: French knots
Ribbon embroidery for flower centres
Try to work petals not just flat, but 3-dimensional, that will make your work more vivid!
Use 4 and 7mm silk ribbon.
Stitches used: Ribbon stitch
Stitches used: Straight stitch
Step 3. Ribbon embroidery for daisy stems
Use 2 or 7mm silk ribbon for different ways of making stems.
Regarding colours: olive and dark green both work fine! Combine different colour shades to show the depth.
Use 7mm silk ribbon for twisted straight stithc and 2mm ribbon for stem stitch (the letter one can be also worked in stranded cotton thread).
Stitches used: Twisted straight stitch
Stitches used: Stem stitch
Author`s tips on stitching camomiles/daisies in silk ribbon
1) Play with colour shades
Use both Bright White and Natural White silk ribbon for flower petals to show the shades.
Another option is to dye the base of each petal adding a light shade of gray.
The same thing works for flower centres. Use silk ribbon of different shades of yellow (pale yellow to saffron yellow or even brown) to bring a more natural look to your embroidered flowers.
2) Dimension for flower centres
Varying the numbers of loops for French knots you will get them of different size, thus shaping the flower centres on your own!
3) Stitching flower buds
Do not forget to add some flower buds to your daisy bouquet. Drew a sketch for your design on a piece of paper beforehand.
To work flower buds in silk ribbon firstly make a French knot and then cover it with two or three straight stitches or ribbon stitches.
We offer a kit for silk ribbon embroidery showing a camomile bouquet design. It is K-015 "Meadow Lady Guest". Its instructions shows alternative way of stitching daisies, which is going to be described in The Seasons in Ribbon Embroidery book.