When we began to plan the Mother’s Medallion quilt and the Colorado sister said she wanted to try some ribbon embroidery or some Italian embroidery in the middle medallion, I thought it was a fabulous idea. Especially since it was not going to be me that would be attempting that impressive work of art. (She was truly anticipating the challenge of this new technique.)
So, she read and asked questions and watched others and picked up tips and made the center medallion of her quilt with a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers and stems. (I know you can’t see it very well – it’s a teaser for the time when we unveil the entire quilt.)
I was impressed – once again. At the same time I was really, really glad that I had chosen a lesser challenge. But, being a good sister, she gently encouraged me to venture out – to stretch and grow and expand my stitching horizons.
And so it was, that when we began to plan the monthly (or so) individual projects that would introduce the Medallion quilt one row at a time, somehow the task of doing a pillowcase with a dimensional/ribbon flower bouquet fell into my side of the chart. Now, Cindy began to embroider when she was very young so my version is not even in the same category as what she did on the quilt. It certainly isn’t technically ribbon embroidery in the Helen Gibb kind of way – or the Italian way. It’s more of a Sister version that can be summed up with this little poem:
gather, ruch, fold, or pleat
bead, embroider, be messy, be neat
big stitch, little stitch, go straight, make a curl
bunch it or stretch it, make up your own rule
Here’s my pictorial check list version of the Posy making process:
gather stash of ribbon, fabric, thread and fibers
position the line art on the partially completed pillowcase
Try various stitches on various ribbon – thin grosgrain stitched in a zig-zag line
or thick grosgrain stitched in a zig-zag
add a really thick ribbon, folded and stitched on the fold, gather slightly
thin, fine ribbon – knotted and stitched with pearl cotton
or stain ribbon stitched with embroidery thread
then pull up the stitching thread to “ruch” the ribbon and twist it a bit
put a thin satin ribbon on top of a thicker ribbon, stitch it with a pleating stitch
Audition the stems. Look at it from lots of angles.
Add dimensional flowers, like this hexagon option
Or this origami-like folded flower
(I started to call this a failure because it looked so little like the directions but then I decided that I must have invented something VERY special.)
Figure out that the same steps can produce a stem or a flower; just lay one straight and twist the other.
Add a wired ribbon bow and sew up the sides in French seams… TaDa!
We are pleased with the end result and invite you to stop by our STORE and get the pattern.