How to make interesting leaves with silk ribbon


Hi everybody…. 


Today, I thought I would show you how to make interesting leaves with silk ribbon…




How to make long, pointed leaves


To make long leaves like the Yucca plant (above) start in the centre of the plant and make long twisted straight stitches for some leaves and use ribbon stitch for others.


Hint: for an interesting effect, when forming ribbon stitch, twist the needle once or twice before piercing the ribbon. This way, the twisted leaves look almost life-like.


To add the brown seeds between the leaves, use two strands of thread and make French knots, wrapping thread once or twice around your needle.


Silk ribbon is simply ideal for Agapanthus leaves below:) 




Some leaves are made in twisted straight stitch or loose, puffed ribbon stitch.

Other leaves are made with folded straight stitch.


Hint: Use a gentle tension and work over a spare tapestry needle (or similar object) as you form the stitch, so as not to flatten the leaves.




See how the long leaves of the Flame-Flowers (above) are made in the same way? Add texture in the spaces between the ribbon leaves with one or two strands of cotton or silk thread. Here I used the single-knotted stitchloop stitches and loose French knots.



In the example below is a rose (and its leaves) from the handbag project in the art of felting and ribbon embroidery book.

Remember to use a gentle tension as you form each stitch. This way the leaves are loose and puffed — raised off the surface of your design. Keep the ribbon as flat as possible. “Iron” out the creases by running (the sides) of the needle along the creased ribbon. 



Keep the ribbon as flat as possible.



In the example below, for Wisteria petals and small, dainty leaves, you can make short ribbon stitches in 2 or 4mm silk ribbon.

Use a gentle tension so as not to flatten the leaves when you take the ribbon to the back of your work.

As you form the loose and looped ribbon stitches, you could stitch over a spare tapestry needle (or similar object) to retain the curves of the stitches. 



Felting and silk ribbon



For dainty leaves on a button or brooch, use 2mm silk ribbon and detached chain stitch


This is also one of the projects in the art of felting and silk ribbon book…



For small leaves- you can use detached chain stitch


And for some other ideas


You can also use silk paper to make leaves. Learn how to make this fabulous silk paper in the new book, the art of felting and ribbon embroidery.



Leaves made from silk paper-shown how in the felting book


then they are applied to the background. See below…

A really easy way to make leaves!



Nasturtium Leaves made from silk paper


Here a leaf was made separately with silk ribbon and then applied to the background. You will learn how in the new felting book.


Make loose leaves with silk ribbon and apply them to your design



Here they were applied to create 3-D leaves…


Diagram of a Fuchsia


I hope you enjoyed this little exchange of ideas and may your leaves turn out beautifully!


Looking forward to seeing your creations…


Have a good day today. I am busy with a beautiful new project, will show you sometime  soon ♥ 


Happy stitching! 





5 thoughts on “How to make interesting leaves with silk ribbon”

  1. Querida, seu jeito amoroso de ensinar nos faz acreditar ser simples esta maravilha que faz nos bordados.Vou tentar.

  2. I am a long-time embroidery addict 🙂 I haven’t had time to embroider these few days as I am starting my own business, but I come to your website to get my dose of beauty!!!
    Your works are so inspiring, Di! Thank you!
    I love how images n.2 and 3 have so much freedom in them…all those stitches look so spontaneous, just like the nature is!

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