Victorian Ribbon Work

As published in the “Lady’s Book on Art Embroidery,” dated 1886.

Victorian ribbon work
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To do ribbon work requires but little instruction other than that required to do embroidery in the Kensington; when the principle of shading is once acquired, the stitches are easily learned: then, taste, ingenuity and practice will master all styles of art embroidery.

Ribbon work is rapidly executed, and it is much admired for home decoration. The flowers and buds only are made of ribbon, i. e., the petals only; the foliage in arrasene, chenille, filoselle or embroidery silk, as the design and material indicate; for a large design on heavy material, arrasene; on satin for elegance, chenille. For small fine work use filoselle, and embroidery silks for standard work.

If the design, for instance, be a wild rose, two or three shades of ribbon (rose color) are required; this cut in the form of the petals but double the size; run a thread around the edge by which to gather it, draw the thread, and as it gathers turn under, forming the exact shape on the petal as on the design, stitching the gathering to keep it in form, then sew down on the design in blind stitches; then form another and sew down, using the different shades of ribbon as required by the principle of true art. The petals all in, fill in the center with French knots, and add the stamens same as in the “Kensington”.

The opening of buds is represented by ribbon in the same manner, using for the covering the material selected for the foliage. Should the design be daisies, select the colors you desire them, and if large, treat in the same way as the rose, but if small, take the chenille needle and thread it with the ribbon of the width of the daisy petals and draw through the work from the outline of the petal to the center and fasten the ends on the back with needle and thread. And for poppies, anemone and other flowers having large petals, treat same as the rose.

By permission of L. Maria Cheeny, Detroit, Michigan.


Victorian Tidy with ribbon work
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The above is the engraving of a dark olive sateen tidy about three-quarters of a yard long and half a yard wide. The spray of wild roses is made exactly the same as that explained in ribbon work article above. The tassels are of olive color silk and quite inexpensive. This tidy is also very pretty used as a scarf for a small stand.

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