Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ribbon embroidery tutorial

Ribbon embroidery is an ancient and beautiful craft. Ribbon embroidery is basically done using ribbon Silk ribbon is available in a wide variety of widths, Most commonly used in embroidery are: 2mm, 4mm and 7mm. 2mm is used for French knots, small leaves , buds, and daisies; 4mm is used for flowers and leaves and 7mm for gathered flowers, petals of open-faced flowers and large leaves.
Chenille needle used in ribbon embroidery which has got sharp point and large eye. Sharp point helps to pierce through the fabric and ribbon easily .Large eye helps ribbon to pass through it without crumpling. The size of the ribbon determines the size of the needle:
2mm - needle size 22 or 24
4mm - needle size 20 or 22
7mm - needle size 18.

Usually ribbon embroidery is done on silk fabric.Loosely woven fabric is suitable for this embroidery .Tightly woven material is not suitable. It can be worked on sweaters. While working on sweaters tapestry needle should be used

Threading the needle and knotting the end of the ribbon is different from crewel embroidery.


  1. Dear Madam,

    I am fascinated by your blog and would like to try the ribbon embroidery in my daughter's dress.

    Where do I get the notions like the needle and silk ribbons in Bangalore. (I am new to this place) can you suggest me some shop?

    Thank you for your excellent tutorials

  2. Dear vani madam,

    I want to try ribbon embroidery but I am not sure what type of material to choose for my project . I tried a sample ribbon embroidery on a terecosa blouse piece , but found it very difficult to pull the ribbon through.. Kindly tell me what type of fabric should we choose for this type of embroidery ? I want to make cushion covers and table cloth .

    With regards
    Revathijayagopi .