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Dapple Dawn Roses


Greetings stitching world 🙂


Today I want to show you how to make a Dapple Dawn rose.





It is an easy way to make life-like old fashioned roses and this method can be found

on page 64 of my new Roses book.




I hope you enjoy this small tutorial…


These are the threads and ribbons that I used, but please feel free to use your own favourite brands 🙂



Di van Niekerk’s silk ribbons

7mm colour 143 Artichoke

13mm colour 122 Touch of pink



DMC six-strand cotton

841 Beige-brown

642 Beige-grey


Rajmahal Art. Silk floss

841 Gilded Bronza

226 Gothic grey

96 White

45 baby camel



Chenille size 16

Chenille size 18

Embroidery size 9 and 10

Tapestry size 13

Tapestry size 18


What else?


A piece of thin green or brown wool for the stems… or use all six strands of DMC 840

Fabric glue stick such as Pritt ™ glue stick or any clear glue in a stick which is used for paper projects at school.




Stitches used. Click on the name and it will take you to the stitch


Couching, French knot, pistil stitch, ribbon stitch and straight/stab stitch





1. Make the stems



Use the piece of wool (or six strands of 840) and couch in place with one strand of matching thread.

Space stitches about 1cm (⅜”) apart. Cut off the excess; repeat for the stem on the other side.

Place needle and thread on top of your work.

Hint: Read about working with two needles and about making holes in fabric on page 20 of the roses book.


2. Make the leaves




Use green 7mm ribbon and form the leaves in ribbon stitch, working from the stem outwards.


3. Make the veins





Use green or dark grey thread and separate one strand from the six.

Make the veins in straight stitch.

At the same time, use the needle and thread to scrunch petals up slightly: make a stitch

and as you insert the needle into the ribbon, move the ribbon to form a fold. 




Repeat for all the leaves…





If you like, use brown thread to add a few more veins.

Remember to secure and trim tails at the back, so that they don’t hinder you as you work.



4. Make the rose petals




Use a 16 chenille needle to make a hole in your fabric.

Insert the needle and pull it all the way through the fabric to make a hole.

This helps with the ribbon in the next step.




Cut a 3.5cm (1 ½”) piece of the 13mm no. 122 pink ribbon and thread it onto the size 16 chenille needle.

Working from the top, insert needle into the hole, pulling gently so that most of the ribbon remains

on top of your work.



Remove needle at the back and leave a small tail which you should secure with white thread.

Bring needle and thread to the top of your work, near centre of the rose, and place aside to use later.

Trim ribbon to remove frayed ends.



5. Roll the petal


Use an 18 tapestry needle and dip it into the glue stick.





Roll up ribbon with sticky part of needle, using your fingers to press the edge of the ribbon against the needle.

Roll until petal is short enough for the rose.


Working quickly with needle still in the roll, and before the glue dries too much,

gently secure edge of the roll with white thread and a small stab stitch.






Gently secure edge of the roll with white thread and a small stab stitch.





Bring needle and thread to top of your work (in the centre of the rose)

and slide tapestry needle out of the roll whilst controlling the curled petal with your finger nail.


Wipe your hands and needle with a damp cloth before making the next petal.


Repeat for all the rose petals, slide the needle out of the roll and secure the rolled edge with a tiny stab stitch.





 6.  Make the rose centres



Before making the second rose, make the stamens. Use one strand of thread throughout.

Thread up with the yellow thread and make the stamens in pistil stitch

Work from the centre outwards, wrapping the thread three times around the needle.



Fill in the green French knots with 642 and the brown knots with 841 thread.

Wrap the thread three times around the needle.

Add a few more yellow knots, wrapping thread loosely around needle for a frilly texture.






7. Make the second rose



Complete petals of the second rose in the same way, rolling the petals and securing them as before.

Add stamens in the centre.


Hint: to form loose, frilly knots, have a look here.

By not wrapping the thread too tightly around the needle and holding the loose wraps

while you take the needle to the back of your work, a lovely frilly texture is achieved 🙂





Shape the petals by gently inserting a large tapestry needle under the petals

Lift them up and off the surface of the fabric.






These roses are useful for adorning the lid of a trinket box, for making a lovely card, for wedding and bridesmaid dresses, for hat-making and anything else you may think of…





Would love to see what you used these roses for!


The Rose sampler for the roses book is available here

Or contact your nearest stockist for more information and supplies.

Ask about classes for the Roses book and join in the fun!


Have a happy weekend everyone – I hope the weather will allow me to go on a long, long hike … holding thumbs 🙂






17 thoughts on “Dapple Dawn Roses”

  1. About how much ribbon is needed to make the Dapple Dawn or Brandy roses? Can one sell items using your ribbon flowers?

    1. Hi Karen

      For Dapple Dawn Roses, you need:

      13mm no. 122 x 1 packet
      7mm no. 143 x 1 packet

      For Brandy Roses you need:

      13mm no. 133 x 1 packet
      7mm no. 16 x 1 packet
      2mm no. 17 x 1 packet
      13mm no. 47 x 2 packets
      13 mm no. 46 x 1 packet
      32mm no. 47 x 1 packet
      32 mm no. 46 x 1 packet

      And of course you can sell any item using my ribbon flowers. That’s the idea 🙂

  2. Dear Di van Niekerk!
    I have one of Your book and I´m very happy to have it:-))!!!
    When I leaved in Poland I have had a big problem to buy silk ribbons:-( Now I work with ONLY silk ribbons, which I dye by myself and Your book helped me with improving my technics of embroidery. Thank You very very much for sharing Your talent! Sorry for my english, but I didn´t write over 25 years in this language. I make my own projects, if You would like to see them (maybe) please visit my website:
    Have a very very inspiring weekend Dear Di!

  3. Thanks heaps for a fabulous tutorial.
    And your photography is soooooo clear.
    Regards Phillipa

  4. My friend sent me to your blog thought I might like….I LOVE! Thank you for being so giving and wonderful!

  5. Gracias por Compartir excelentes trabajos. Deseo comprar materiales y Libros de estas hermosas Labores por favor me pueden ayudar. Gracias por la Atención Prestada.
    Ing. René Astudillo

  6. Gracias Di Van Niekerk, por compartir sus hermosos trabajos en cinta, vivo en Perú y aquí no llegan sus revistas, pero estoy siguiendo sus enseñanzas y me siento muy complacida, que Dios me la bendiga.

  7. Hola,Hermosos trabajos, Deseo comprar materiales y Libros de estas hermosas tecnicas, me podria ayudar. Gracias y saludos.

  8. Dear Di Van Niekerk
    im from indonesia… how can i get your book im so intrested….thank you…

  9. Dear Di,
    Where can i find yr book in Malaysia, iam from Kota kinabalu Sabah, East Malaysia.


  10. Dearest Dear Di Van Niekerk
    am from trivandrum,kerala state,India.First of all
    Thanking you for your classess which i can follow easily. It was very informatic. In our state ribbon embroidary is unknown. but frm internet i learned about it as am very found on this craft.Now my problem is the material purchase. No wher in india it is available.can you help me ji.
    with all my love and respect,
    pushpa GKS

    1. Hi Pushpa Thanks for your message. There is no one in India who stocks my ribbons and panels. You are welcome to order directly from our website. We will ship these to to you. have a good weekend 🙂

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