Just so you know, ribbon embroidery decoration has a very unique appeal and anyone who is going to try it will surely be fascinated by it. Ribbon embroidery started way back in the 16the century and it originated in Europe. Women in Europe instantly fell in love with ribbon embroidery because it was a marvelous addition to their gowns, gloves, bags, and hats and even on their parasols. After a while, the hype died down but just recently it has regained recognition again because of its splendid and elaborate designs.
Mastering this craft requires perseverance and very close attention to detail so you have to be extra cautious when making ribbon embroidery. The basic stitches you need to master in order to create ribbon embroidery designs are the following: straight stitch, whipped stem stitch, stem stitch, loop stitch, French Knot, Lazy Daisy stitch, feather stitch and couching stitch. You can learn the techniques of these stitches online. You can have the option to read directions on how it’s done or if you are the type of person who absorbs information better through visuals, we suggest you watch YouTube video tutorials.
Don’t get intimidated by how it looks because even though the design may look elaborate, it’s really fun to make. You can add beads with it to design bags, pillowcases, furnishings, table runners, aprons and many more! If you don’t want to keep it for yourself, you can even give it as gifts or as giveaways or if you want to make money out o fit and turn it into a business, you can sell it online.
The biggest benefit of ribbon embroidery is it covers a huge area with its basic stitches with minimal effort and time but the effect is simply amazing! If you come to think of it, it’s really an inexpensive method but it will create a beautiful and intricate visual. To do ribbon embroidery, you’ll only need Chenille needles that have a sharp point and a big eye. The eye has to be big enough to let the ribbon pass through it without creating any wrinkles. For a 4-millimeter ribbon, a size 18 is just about enough. Of course, you will need ribbons in the colors of your choice. We usually recommend you go for silk but this can be a bit pricey compared to synthetic. However, silk ribbons are very soft and velvety and it’s also very easy to mold.