Ashley’s linen napkins embroidered with silk ribbon are gorgeous! Hemstitched linen napkins served as the ground fabric for her first forray into embroidery. This sumptuous spray of flowers is so beautifully executed that it’s hard to believe the project comes from a beginner in silk ribbon, let alone a beginner in embroidery in general!
I’ll let Ashley tell you all about her first experience with silk ribbon embroidery…
I have never embroidered before and picked up Country Bumpkin’s A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery while in a needlepoint store and found it simply irresistible! Knowing nothing about embroidery and especially ribbon embroidery, I typed the supply list into a search engine, ordered the products, and waited on bated breath to begin my new project!
The design is called “Desprez a Fleur” by Lynda Maker. The roses are a gathered ribbon rose with two ribbons (a 7mm yellow ribbon and a 4mm pale yellow) stitched together to give it some depth. In the center of the roses are little French knots out of gold Madeira silk floss. The rosebuds were made by covering a pearl bead with ribbon stitches. The design called from glass beads; however, I decided that was a bit impractical for a napkin, but then so is silk ribbon embroidery! These are definitely going to be “looky lu” napkins only!
Of course, after purchasing all of the supplies, I went on to read about the horrors of silk ribbon embroidery…the fraying, tearing, etc. I was beginning to think I was getting in over my head. Luckily, I didn’t have any problems and it all went very smoothly and quickly. After doing needlepoint for the last 6 years, I love the
freedom, creative expression, and delicate femininity involved in embroidery. Needlepoint canvas can be rather limiting, even with all of the stitches that are available today. As my Mom says, needlepoint is earthenware, while embroidery is delicate fine china.
I think my next undertaking will be goldwork on a Bible cover. I have been needlepointing a Bible cover and I am just about finished, so I thought maybe I would try an embroidered cover after seeing one of your posts on them. I begin an internship as a hospital chaplain in the fall, so I figure there’s no such thing as too many Bible covers!
I know I am probably being a little over ambitious to move straight to goldwork! But I have a touch of youthful hubris– if others can do it, why can’t I too?!
Thanks, Ashley! Um… I think if you launched this easily into silk ribbon embroidery, you should have no problems at all trying your hand at goldwork! Best of luck!