Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Taught by Nora Creeach

Lesson 5

Roses Made for an on line swap

Lesson 5 stitches

Spider Web Rose:

Spider Web Rose part 1
Spider Web Rose finish

The Spider Web Rose can be used anywhere. It makes a beautiful stand alone rose. It works well as an element in a bouquet or can be used in a bouquet of roses with a little greenery and a bud or two.

The Spider Web Rose is worked on the surface of the fabric. Begin by drawing a circle where you wish to place the rose. Your circle should be just smaller than the diameter of the rose itself. You will need five spokes drawn in the circle. These should be placed equidistance around the circumference of the circle meeting in the center. Some stitchers place each spoke individually. Others prefer to use the Fern Stitch and place a single stitch in the center of each of the wider areas. These stitches can be made with doubled sewing thread, embroidery floss, pearl cotton and occasionally for a different look when making a large rose you can make the spokes of 2mm silk ribbon. You will use a regular hand sewing needle with a sharp point to place the spokes, but you might find it easier using a tapestry needle to weave the actual rose.

Bring the ribbon you will be using to make the Spider Web Rose to the right side of the fabric at the center where all the spokes meet between two of the spokes. Weave the ribbon over the first spoke, under the second, over the third, under the fourth and over the fifth spoke. Because of the uneven number of spokes your next stitch will be under the first spoke, over the second and continue around until you have completely filled the spokes.

Dimension and variety can be added to this rose by allowing your ribbon to turn and curl as you weave. You should not be able to see any of the spokes either at the center or the outside edge of the rose. Your rose should look full and lush. Bring the final stitch under the edge of the last petal, pierce the fabric and take the ribbon to the wrong side. An added variation would be to place a few beads in the center of the rose or a single crystal bead on just one of the petals to represent a dew drop.

Concertina Rose:

Concertina Rose part one

Concertina Rose part two

Concertina Rose finished

The Concertina Rose is made in your hand and when complete added to the work in progress. It is stitched in place using regular sewing thread. This rose is often used as a single element in doll or baby clothes or where it would be difficult to sew through the fabric as in a button cover. They look especially pretty done in organza.

Thread a regular sewing needle with a thread color to match your ribbon. Fold a length of ribbon in half. At the center point make a right angle fold in the ribbon. The top piece of the ribbon will be folded away from yourself. The bottom leg will be toward your right hand. Fold the top ribbon over the bottom ribbon until it is now has it's tail pointing toward you. Fold the ribbon facing right completely across the bottom of the folded stack until the leg is protruding on the left side. You will continue alternating these folds. The ribbon toward you will be folded so the tail is away from you.

The tail on your left hand side will be folded across the bottom until it is on the right hand side. The ribbon pointing way from you is folded until it is pointing at you. The ribbon on the right is folded across until it is pointing left and you continue until you have completed or reached the end of the ribbon.

Catch both tails in your hand and let go of the folded stack. This will cause the stack to pop out as shown in picture 4. Pull one of the tails gently while you hold both tails firmly in one hand. You will be able to watch the rose form. When the rose reaches the size and look you want stitch through the two tails, take a single stitch up through the center of the rose and back down anchoring the rose in place. Trim any excess ribbon at the base of the rose and stitch the rose in place on your project.

Another view of the Concertina Rosa

Depending on the width of the ribbon you will need at least 12" to begin with. These roses, with practice, can be made from any ribbon, even the narrowest, for doll clothes. For Silk Ribbon Embroidery I think they look best in the organza ribbon, at least 7mm or wider.


To save ribbon on this rose do not cut the ribbon from the package or roll. Measure the length you want and begin your folding leaving the one tail attached to the package. When you have completed the rose gently pull on the leg of the ribbon that is attached to the package. Complete the rose as above and when you trim the ends you will have an extended piece still attached to the package that can be used on the next rose or project.

Folded Rose:

Folded Rose part one

Folded rose part two

Folded Rose Finished

The Folded Rose is another that is made in your hand and then stitched to the project. This is one of the more difficult detached roses. It is a simple step by step procedure that will take some practice. I suggest you use satin craft ribbon to practice only because it can be undone and reused as you learn. The silk ribbon, being more fragile, has a tendency to ravel if handled a lot.

Thread a sewing needle with matching sewing thread and set aside for now. The folded rose begins by placing the ribbon across in front of you. Pick up the right end of the ribbon and make a right angle fold on top of the ribbon. The distance from the horizontal ribbon should be approximately one and one half inches (depending on the width of your ribbon). Take the leg that is pointing toward you and fold it in half and again this will form a fairly tight roll in that single leg of the ribbon. The rest of your ribbon is still extended to your left. With your needle and thread take a couple of stitches through the ribbon at the base and this forms the center of your rose. You now can pick the rose up holding it by the tail as you form the rest of the rose.

Fold the left hand leg of the ribbon away from you just as the ribbon emerges from the bud. Take a single gathering stitch on the left leg of the ribbon pulling it into the bud and then slowly roll the bud for the center along the fold. This forms the first petal. As you reach the end of the fold take another gathering stitch anchoring it to the base of the center bud. Fold the ribbon away from you and roll down the length of the fold for petal number two the same as you did with petal number one.

Continue to fold, anchor and roll until you have completed the size rose you wish. Stitch to anchor. Bring the left hand ribbon down parallel with the beginning ribbon. Take a stitch through both, wrap the thread around, pull it tight and make an anchoring stitch. This will complete your basic rose. You can trim the tails and stitch it in place on your project. If you wish a fuller rose rather than clip the ends at this point begin a short running stitch along the bottom edge of the left hand ribbon gathering it every two or three stitches and taking an anchor stitch into the base of the rose. You can add one or two rows of ruffled petals to give your folded rose a different look or make it larger. When you have it the size you wish fold the ribbon back down and anchor as above.

Another view of the Folded Rose

Bradford Rose:

Bradford Rose part one

Bradford Rose finished

The Bradford Rose is stitched to your project. For an interesting variation it can be used anytime you want a different look to your roses.

Begin by reviewing the Curved Whip Stitch. Draw a circle slightly smaller than your finished rose will be. Place three overlapping commas in the center of the circle. Beginning at the center form the heart of the rose by making three curved Whip Stitches, one on each comma. These stitches will be very close together and the tail will overlap the stitch next to it. Place a fourth Curved Whip Stitch beginning approximately half way between two of the center Whip Stitches wrapping around to the center of the next Whip Stitch. Continue overlapping additional Whip Stitches in a spiral from that point all the way out and around the outside of your circle. The final stitch can be made so that the tail tucks under the stitch in the row ahead and the ribbon is brought to the wrong side of the fabric and anchored.

Chain Rose:

Chain Rose

This is another rose to add to your collection. It looks particularly pretty when a variegated ribbon is used.

Review the Chain Stitch. Begin by drawing a circle the size you want the finished rose. The Chain Rose is composed of a single Chain Stitch spiral which begins in the center of the rose and winds around itself until the circle is completely covered. The final stitch is then anchored on the wrong side of the fabric.

Couched Rose:

Couched Rose part one

Couched Rose finished

The Couched Rose gives you another look to add to your bouquet. This rose can be used in groups to cover a stain or a small tear. Unless you tell, no one will know. This rose can be made with both ribbons the same color or in contrasting colors depending on the look you wish to achieve.

You will need to thread two widths of ribbon, one wide and one narrow. Usually the narrow can be 2mm no matter the size of the wider ribbon. Begin by drawing a circle the size you want the finished rose. Place a single very loose Straight Stitch in the center of the circle with your wide ribbon. Bring the narrow ribbon to the right side of the fabric slightly to the side half way between the entrance and exit of the wide ribbon. Using the eye of the needle slip the narrow ribbon under the side ribbon, bring it back over the top and pierce the fabric right beside the place the original narrow ribbon came to the right side. This will form a straight anchor stitch across the wide ribbon pulling it to form a loose "V". Bring the wide ribbon to the right side of the fabric in the center of the "V" and place it in a spiral on top of the fabric. Bring your narrow ribbon to the right side taking a single Straight Stitch across the wide ribbon at even intervals along the length of the ribbon. Be sure that in each successive row your couching stitch falls between the stitches on the row before so it will look more like the petals of a rose rather than the spokes of a wheel. When your rose has reached the size you want take both ribbons to the wrong side and anchor them.

Gathered Rosette or Free Form Flower:

Gathered Rose or Freeform Flower

These can be used as filler flowers to look like small roses on a bush or just as a Free Form Flower. These are made in your hand and then sewn to the project. If you are planning to make a large number of these flowers it is usually easiest to make them all first and then stitch them in place since this will allow you to move them around and achieve the look you want before anchoring in place.

Thread your needle with matching color thread. Pick the ribbon up with two hands and make a right angle fold leaving a small tail. Fold the ribbon back across itself taking three or four running stitches across the bottom edge. Pull to gather and secure with a stitch or two at the base. This will form a small bud for the center of your flower. Continue with a Running Stitch along the bottom edge of the ribbon for approximately two to three inches each time. Gather the ribbon wrapping it around itself. Secure with anchor stitches as you go. The longer your ribbon is the fuller your rose will be. When you reach the end of your ribbon continue the running stitches from the bottom edge up to the top edge gathering this and stitching it in place. Add a few extra anchoring stitches to prevent your flower from coming undone. Trim any excess ribbon tail and stitch your Rosette to the project. Seed beads can be added if you wish.

Rose Buds:


These Rose Buds can be used interchangeably with any of the other stitches or on a small bush to look like a blooming rose bush. They look great in clusters tucked beside a larger rose or flower.

In making the Rose Buds you can add a lot of interest by using a darker color of floss or ribbon underneath a sheer organza in a lighter color or even white.

French Knot Rose Bud:

French knot rose bud

Begin by making a French Knot in the color of your choice. Using green ribbon make a single Japanese Ribbon Stitch to the left of the French Knot slightly overlapping the bottom. Make a second Japanese Ribbon Stitch to the right overlapping the first Japanese Ribbon Stitch and the edge of the French Knot to complete a single Rose Bud.

Japanese Ribbon Stitch Rose Bud:

Japanese ribbon stitch

Make a single Japanese Ribbon Stitch the color of your rose. Flank it on the right and left by two green Japanese Ribbon Stitches that are overlapped slightly and cover the base of the first stitch.

Gathered Rosette Rose Bud:

Gathered Rose or Freeform Flower

Form a small Gathered Rosette in color of your choice. Place two green Japanese Ribbon Stitches, one to each side of the Rosette with their bases overlapping.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Nora Creeach
Bluebonnet Village Craft Network

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