Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tutorial on French Knot Roses

A - Bring ribbon up through fabric. Stretch ribbon out and wrap needle for French Knot about
2 - 2 ½" up the ribbon.
B - Insert the tip of the needle into the ribbon at the base of the knot wrap and weave the needle in and out of the ribbon every 1/4" or so. When the tip of the needle reaches the base of the ribbon, insert it into the fabric beside the up point. Push the ribbon down the needle to the fabric and pull ribbon tight to the needle. ( I have found that if you hold the ribbon a few inches above the French Knot, hold it out and make a circular pass around the needle...it flares out the woven layers so that they sit like petals would.)
C - Hold the stitch with thumb on top and forefinger below and pull needle & ribbon through to the back. The French Knot will lock the stitch into place.

You can vary the size of these roses by starting the French Knot farther up the ribbon, and leaving longer gaps of ribbon as you weave the needle down the length of ribbon.
You can make larger blooms by using 7mm or 13 mm ribbon. Adjust the starting point farther up the ribbon and make the gaps longer according to the size of the ribbon.
For 13mm ribbon, a Size 13 needle would be necessary.
The lovely ribbons used for these (and the Melanie Roses on the dress) were hand-dyed by Vikki Clayton.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

You must have known I didn't get around to looking for the directions on how to do these. Thanks for the tute!!

Gwen Buchanan said...

These are beautiful clear illustated details & steps of creating your roses. great photos & directions. Now I just have to go & find some of that special ribbon. Thanks for the instructions.

Make the Impossible...Possible said...

Great work....
I liked it...........


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