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How to make thick, rounded stems


How to make thick, rounded stems for Roses and other flowers




Ever wondered how to make a large, rounded, life-like stem?

It’s really easy… 


1. Make a foundation row of back stitches. 




2. And wrap the stitches with ribbon…




Here is an example of a stem that I made for a little grasshopper in the Stork’s Bill Fairy from my Flower Fairies™ book.


Click on the image to enlarge…



I will show you how…


1. Make a foundation row of back stitches with 4mm silk ribbon… the stitches should be about 5mm (3/16 inch) in length to accommodate the ribbon in the next step.




2. Wrap the ribbon around each stitch, inserting the needle under and over without going back into the fabric. 

Each stitch should be wrapped two or three times for a neatly raised stem. 




Hint: whilst wrapping the ribbon around the stitches, keep it as flat as possible: unwind and hold the ribbon as you wrap each stitch, only letting go to let the last bit of ribbon through. This way the ribbon remains flat and the stem has a smooth texture.




To make a thicker stem, make two rows of back stitch alongside each other..

and insert the needle under both stitches at the same time to form a chunky stem.




The completed stems.




Tomorrow I will show you a BEAUTIFUL little Fairy … she will make your day, you will see 🙂

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Until tomorrow, take care






6 thoughts on “How to make thick, rounded stems”

  1. Merry Christmas to you also, Di, and many thanks for all your work, tips, and products.
    Linda McCabe

  2. I am starting tomorrow and looking forward to it! Thanks for my parcel, hope it will be here by Thursday. Niekie Kotze

  3. hi di i love your works.last year i learned ribbon embroidery .i just viewed the daffle roses and stems.i live in mauritius island.not far from know 2 s.african ladies who comes home from to time to time.i have been longing to learn ribbon emb 12 yrs ago.i learned it at the womens centre of my locality.well keep making us from mtius

  4. I have a Viking Embroidery machine… but I still enjoy hand embroidery!!
    I learned to hand embroidery when I was about 6 years old… I am now 61.

  5. Aprendi a cocer y a border a mano desde que estaba en 4th. anio en Mexico en mi colegio estudiando primaria con unas monjitas…..siempre me ha gustado border….ahora tengo 59 anios. y quiero volver a empezar a border.

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