Saturday, October 21, 2017


Silk Ribbon Embroidered Cuff - Ribbon Stitch 

Week 1 - Weekly Handmade Gift Challenge

Silk Ribbon Embroidered Cuff.

Materials/ Notions:

1 Piece of Dupioni Silk - Length determined by wrist
 measurement. For my own 18 x 14 cms
Lace 5 cms width so 9 cms was allowed for the fold and stitching to close over.
Lace Remnant with a pattern to enhance with the Silk Ribbon.
( However Straight lace and freehand Silk Ribbon Embroidery can still apply).
1 Small Piece of Pellon. 5 x 18 cms.
1 Small Piece of Stiffening such as Buckram (Not adhesive) to give the bracelet shape.
4.5 x 16 cms ( Allowing for the side hem without bulk - cut later to shape.)
Silk Ribbon 7 mm. ( for this example approximately 3 metres)
Small Pearls - Centre and Small 11/0 Gold Seed Beads.
Toggle Set or Bracelet Clasps for closure.
Sewing Thread, Beading Thread.Chenille, Beading,
 Embroidery Needles.

Tack the Lace into position, I usually use a different colour thread, much easier to see and pull out later.
Once you have completed the Embroidery, this should hold the lace in position. 
I then proceeded to overlock the four sides as I know from experience how quickly dupioni can fray.

On wrong side with loose tacking stitches position and
stitch the pellon into position.
This is a good base to stitch down the ribbons ends.

Place the Fabric into an Embroidery Hoop and with 7 mm Ribbon I have worked Ribbon Stitch petals into the lace.
( Naturally you can adapt the embroidery to suit the lace underlay.)

(My example is with Kacoonda Hand Dyed Ribbon 015 with beautifully soft variances from Rose Pink to Light Olive.
Should you wish to use a solid colour you would have a
bold display of colour and would need to add a 2nd or 
3 get the same effect. This is were the variances in
hand dyed ribbon is such an excellent option. 

The flowers are embroidered in Ribbon Stitch, a quite simple stitch for beginners, for the Tutorial Link
 Ribbon Stitch or find it at the site bar as a stitch tutorial.

Once the Embroidery is completed, I have added a small pearl, surrounded by gold seed beads with
 Beading Thread and the Beading Needle.

P.S. I went a little too far with the embroidery, by not allowing an area at each end to do the machine stitching. Made it a little more difficult. 
Close over at both ends by folding the bare silk
back across the front as a double layer and machine stitch
just the ends. Turn back out to right sides. Press.

  I did iron over a 10 mm fold and that needs to 
be closest to the embroidery, so that once it is turned back out this will become the  seam to stitch the bracelet closed.

Machine stitch the ends on the wrong side. Turn right side out, press.
Before closing off the back, I used a heavy embroidery thread to
add the toggles and extended them 5 mm ( need the length to thread the toggle through).

If adding a bracelet clamp close off the whole bracelet before  pushing on the clamp.
I didn't have one at the time so I improvised, with the toggle set. 

Carol Daisy

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekly Handmade Gift Challenge

I invite you to join me in the Challenge over the next 7 weeks.  Hopefully we can make a small difference, to the waste we create.

My main challenge will be using items I have in my Craft Studio, but there are loads of Blogs and sites out there to learn from.

Here are just a few:

Lets get our thinking caps on and you never know we may
solve some of our Christmas Gift Issues.

Carol Daisy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Silk Embroidered Bracelet

Ever wonder what to do with those small pieces of Dupioni
in your stash. How about making an Embroidered Bracelet.

Scrap of Silk Dupioni  9 x 18 cms. Red in this example.
Pellon 4 cms x 18 cms. 
Red Sequin Braid,Organza Red Ribbon 20 mm. wide 
Selection of Pressed Glass Leaves, Pearls, Seed Beads in Gold or Bronze.
Silk Ribbon 7 mm Red 1 Metre.
Large Pearl and Bead Cap in Gold ( Centre of Gathered Organza Flower)
Thread - Clear beading thread or a matching colour.

Place the Pellon on the back of fabric, allowing .5 cm for a seam allowance on both sides,press down with iron on
silk setting then lightly tack pellon into position.
( Usually best to overlock the edges of Dupioni as they
do fray badly while you are embroidering)
This will be folded in half and the seams stitched together after completing embroidery.

Pin the braid and organza ribbon into a position of your liking. I have gathered the organza and slightly plaited 
them together. With matching thread stitch down to dupioni, this may also include using some of the
 gold seed beads.

Add the Glass Leaves with a few tucked under the braid.

Make up 4 Five Petal Flowers as per the tutorial, add a small pearl for the centre, stitch down to the fabric. 

The larger organza is a gathered flower refer the Gathered/ Folded Carnation Tutorial without the folded rose centre.  Place a bead cap and larger pearl in the centre and stitch

Clasp and Toggle are placed on the ends with a double layer of Silk Ribbon threaded through the eye.  Fold bracelet
in half , allowing a .5 cm fold to close the bracelet together. Stitch the ends with the Silk Ribbon, Toggle 
and Clasp in position.  Hand stitch the opening together.

This is No. 1 of Bracelet projects I have on
the go, will post as I have others done. 

Carol Daisy