Silk Ribbon Supplies
We only sell the finest ribbons available
A note from Beth-Katherine Kaiman, Main Fairy.
Working with silk ribbon is one of the joys in my life. It's so
substantial as opposed to just working with cotton floss, plus it's easier
to see what you are working on as with just a few stitches and you have a flower. The 3 dimensional effect really spruces up otherwise
drab clothing. One of my favorite things to do was to embroider flowers on my daughter's clothing (especially when she outgrew smocked clothing). To see a few samples of my work please go to this page Silk Ribbon Samples (and feel free to send in pictures of your own work for show and tell).
Using different sizes of ribbon in your projects adds dimension and interest.
When combining the sizes keep in mind that 7 mm covers a lot of area
and may or may not dwarf your 4 mm. 2 mm is used a lot in embroideries for
dolls and doll house miniatures and miniature quilts. When working
with the different sized ribbons you can use a Tapestry #26 needle but the
13mm ribbon really needs a bigger eye, a size Tapestry #22 or #24 has a big
enough eye to thread your ribbon through.
Instead of using one size ribbon with all your projects, try sprinkling
different size ribbons for the different sized flowers you find in nature.
Also try Yli Silk Floss or
Rajmahal (Silk and Rayon Floss) for stems of
flowers or branches rather than ribbon. This will make your embroidery
"POP"" with a 3 dimensional look and feel, and appear more balanced, realistic
and life like. Try it some time when planning a new piece and you'll
see what I mean. You can vary the size of your flowers while using
4mm ribbon but adding in 2mm or 7mm adds such a nice touch. Try 13mm
for a real thrill.
An Excellent Beginner's Manual that we recommend.
Silk ribbon embroidery is a wonderful and beautiful art form that
is easy to do. In order to get started we recommend any of the Books
listed in our Silk Books section. If your
budget is small (but your heart is big) then the book by Deanna Hall West
An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery - 131 Flowers is a great place to start.
You will also need some ribbon and needles and if you don't know what
to make then how about a lavender sachet bag using Faille (see fabrics, or
make a sachet with velvet. Both of these items are quick and easy to
We have made up some assortment bags of 4mm ribbon in 10 one-yard lengths
in pinks, reds, yellows or greens (other assortments to follow as this
site grows). I recommend getting one or two of these assortments (pinks
& greens) and one of the assortment needle packs (see Needles) along
with a book. If you read the introduction to any of these books which
tell you how to handle ribbon (keeping it straight is a must as your ribbon
will like to twist a lot) you will be well on your way to creating masterpieces
of your own.
Also see Ann's excellent companion volume on the
silk books page.
Ribbon Embroidery with 178 Iron-on Transfers - Michler
The Victorian-era trend of silk-ribbon embroidery is back and this comprehensive guide offers both easy-to-follow instructions for the delicate art and dozens of iron-on transfer pattern designs. Needleworkers will love the wealth of winsome patterns--floral sprays, topiaries, bouquets, flower baskets, and miniature nosegays; hats, fans, and heart motifs, as well as dainty "alphabet flowers", with each letter of the alphabet represented by a flower or plant (Anemone, Bluebell, Calla, Dahlia, etc.)
Flowers and leaves embroidered in silk ribbon possess a lovely dimensional quality, seeming to float above the background fabric. This beautiful technique features stitches that work up quickly and easily and an extremely versatile number of applications. Personal an domestic accessories such as belts, ties, scarves, hair ornaments, towels, table liens, and quilts are beautifully enhanced by ribbon embroidery. The simplicity of the instructions and illustrations for these designs assures that even novices will master a variety of lovely stitches.
For more books on Silk Ribbon Embroidery please look at our
Silk Books page.
We have started a SRE FAQ page here. If you
wish to add your comments and suggestions by all means email them to us and I will add them in.
Silk Ribbon Combinations Packs
Ten one yard lengths combinations of 2mm or 4mm for
Silk Satin Ribbon - Double Faced in 3 sizes sold by the yard:
|4mm (3/16") $ .85
||12mm (1/2") $1.75
||18mm (1 1/2") $2.25
I found this lovely ribbon years ago on an antique
doll's bonnet. It was so soft and lovely to the touch that I spent
a while hunting down a source for this lovely ribbon and here it is. Lush up your smocking projects
by adding this luxurious ribbon as bonnet ties, woven through beading
or whatever your creativity inspires you to do. Can be painted with
silk paints, pigma pens or instant set dyes for ribbon roses
and because it's silk this ribbon folds so beautifully and nicely into
Hand Painted Silk
Hand-painted Silk Ribbon is very beautiful and adds a dimension of color
to your embroideries you won't find with regular colors. Working with
color is very therapeutic indeed and when you have some of the most beautiful
colors at your finger tips which allow your imagination to flow free - ah,
now that's bliss.
We carry carry four lines of hand-painted ribbons: "YLI
Hand Dyed Ribbons", "Gloriana Ribbons",
"Elegance to Dye For" &
River Silks Hand Dyed Variegated Silk Ribbon.
YLI is relatively colorfast and can be used safely on washable projects but turn the garments inside out or even put them in a protective bag.
The Hand Dyed ribbon companies Elegance to Dye For and Gloriana Ribbons
recommend that you hand wash in cool water with mild soap.
Please Note that the Elegance to Dye For and YLI Overdyed ribbons are out of production and will be phased out soon.
Needles for Silk Ribbon Embroidery (More? See also
Yli Silk Ribbons on Page 1
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