embroidery

DIY Oversized Ribbon Rose

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How to make an oversized ribbon rose | #embroidery #accessories

Ribbon roses are technically an embroidery stitch.

This rose just happens to be big enough to be made with a crochet hook.

I love the look of ribbon embroidery and learned to make roses when I designed my planner cover. In fact, I love the look so much I wanted to make it supersized!

This project would be perfect for making brooches, throw pillows, and hair accessories.

Basic embroidery stitches

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Basic embroidery stitches: running stitch, blanket stitch, lazy daisy stitch, and chain stitch

It’s time to celebrate! Every month in 2013 I’m learning a new craft, and now I’m halfway through.

When I learned embroidery in February I got close to giving up. The fine embroidery threads I had bought didn’t appreciate my fumbling. I got sore fingers and tangled threads for my trouble.

Then I tried embroidering with yarn. I loved it! If you’re nervous to tackle embroidery, try yarn. It exaggerates the stitches, so it’s perfect for learning how they work. It helps that it builds up quick and looks good, too!

You need:

  • DK or thinner yarn
  • Needle with large enough eyelet for yarn
    (Yarn needles might not be sharp enough)
  • Fabric of choice (I’m using denim)
  • Embroidery hoop

The stitches you’ll learn:

  • Running stitch
  • Blanket stitch
  • Lazy daisy stitch
  • Chain stitch

Let’s get started!

Gathering stitching inspiration

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Embroidery sketches

Some sketches playing around with the stitches I’ve learnt so far

After getting a couple weeks of experience in embroidery, I think it’s time to share some of the things that have been inspiring me along the way:

For magazine lovers, the gorgeous CrossStitcher mag + blog
I love Bo’s work, from lazydoll, esp. this bunny girl coin purse 
The Sublime Stitching blog – ‘this ain’t your gramma’s embroidery’ ;)

February’s Craft Announcement!

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Ooh, I’m excited! February’s craft of the month is the beautiful, varied, and well-established craft of embroidery!

(If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me mention it earlier this month.)

Embroidery didn’t catch my eye until I worked as a photographer for my grandmother’s business (website in Finnish). She sells printed linens and cloths for DIY embroidery, amongst other wonderfully crafty things, and wanted to set up a website. Spending so much time with the embroidered linens helped me appreciate their elegance and the beauty of hand-embroidered pieces.

Now, I look for vintage embroidery in second-hand shops and love the often bright and geometrical styles of contemporary embroidery.

So here’s the confession: other than half-finished kits I’ve never done embroidery. It’s on my long list of ‘loved but never tried’ crafts, much like crochet was. So in the spirit of my craft-a-month project, here goes!

What to expect this month: