My friend is having a birthday and I decided that I would make a gift rather than go out and buy one. I set aside Saturday to do the whole thing, start to finish. It didn’t take the whole day…it only took as long as one, old episode of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple! It made for a delightful, cozy afternoon of relaxed stitching.
I used some of the linen I purchase at Broderie Bayeux this summer when we were in France. The linen is a lovely, creamy color and very tightly woven so none of the bits of lavender would leak throughout the fabric. The threads are from Thread Gatherer. I used “Silk ‘n Colors and 4mm Silken Ribbon in the color Lavender honey.
These threads are hand dyed and of the highest quality. The threads are variegated and shift colors gently and beautifully. This particular color is one of my favorites.
The stitches are as simple as could be; stem stitch for the stems of the lavender, french knots for the flowers and straight stitch for the leaves. I used both the silk thread and the silk ribbon for the flowers so the size of the lavender buds would be different. The smaller knots are at the top of the stems stitched with the silks thread and the larger French knots at the bottom of the stems stitched with silk ribbon.
The leaves are done with a straight stitch and the gently pulling in of the ribbon at the top and bottom of the stitch gives the leaves an interesting shape that I wouldn’t get if I’d use thread.
For the design, I simply drew the curved lines of the stems onto the fabric, leaving enough room for the leaves between each stem and varying the height of the stems for interest.
To finish the lavender sachet, I machine sewed the embroidered front and plain back together on 3 sides, filled it with lavender and hand stitched the open sides together.
Then I attached a pretty piece of ribbon to the top corners, so that the sachet can be hung from a hanger, on a door knob or placed in a drawer.
I have two books I used to help me with the different stitches: The Handbook of Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Jane Cox and The Embroiderer’s Handbook by Margie Bauer.
Do you do ribbon embroidery? Do you love it? How do you use it?