Ribbon Embroidery

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The completed ribbon embroidery project.A twist on embroidery using ribbon. I love how it turned out.


Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 1


Supplies for Ribbon Embroidery


  1. Cut round piece of fabric and place into embroidery hoop. Using a printed pattern (I found free downloads from the internet), tape pattern right side up to underneath side of fabric. Hold up to the light and using a pencil, trace the pattern onto the top side of the fabric.
  2. Preparing the embroidery hoop.
    The pattern underneath the fabric.
    The pattern underneath the fabric.
  3. Pre-iron the silk embroidery ribbon prior to making the project. Stems and leaves should be done first. Thread green ribbon through the needle making a knot at the top, as pictured. Knot ribbon at the end. Thread embroidery floss onto another needle. Knot.
  4. Starting the project.
    Sewing the ribbon into a pattern.
    Sewing the ribbon into a pattern.

  5. I used embroidery floss for the outline embroidery stitch. I did the leaves with the silk embroidery ribbon. There are many patterns available on youtube and online showing you how to make the different stitches. I am a beginner and learned five stitches: the chain stitch, the web rose, the French knot, the leaf stitch, and the lazy daisy stitch. After I completed making the stems and leaves, I did the French knots. Then, I made the roses and the daisies.
  6. Stitching green lines on the embroidery project.
    Stitching a green pattern on an embroidery project.
    Adding small orange knots to the embroidery project.
    Adding small orange knots to the embroidery project.
  7. Below I have shown how to make the web rose stitch. Using embroidery floss that matches the color of silk embroidery ribbon you are using to make your rose, insert needle from underneath side of fabric and bring up through center. Then, make a web design going from the center to the outer points of each of the five lines on the pattern. Knot the embroidery thread on the underneath side. Using a pre-knotted embroidery silk ribbon, insert the needle from the underneath side into the middle, then weave the ribbon over and under the embroidery floss lines all the way around the center of the flower, row after row, until the pencil design is hidden and until you think the rose is the desired size.
  8. Embroidering with ribbon.
    Embroidering with ribbon.
    Embroidering with ribbon.

  9. This is the completed pattern. I added my own freehand pattern on either side of the hoop to fill up the empty space using a chain stitch and a made-up stitch on the top to look like a bud. For an added touch, I added this little quotation and used ribbon to attach it to the middle of my completed project.
  10. The ribbon flowers embroidered into the project.

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July 8, 20220 found this helpful

How did you do the "Always be Nice" ornament? It looks like ceramic done in a professional oven. Thanks! Lovely work!!! Patty

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July 9, 20220 found this helpful

My husband used wood and engraver

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