Silk Ribbon Embroidery

A sweet blog reader sent some goodies my way.  In one of the boxes were some skeins of silk ribbon for silk ribbon embroidery.  I snapped it up right away.  It’s been years and years since I touched the silk ribbon but from house to house the ribbon has moved with me.  Years ago, I got rib on my old cross stitch stuff, but this silk ribbon floss I’ve kept right here in this old sewing basket.

I ended up down a rabbit hole.  I checked to see if I still had my books on silk ribbon embroidery.

I did.  Here is one of them…

I have several books.  Oh, I loved making beautiful roses and flowers.  It tempted me all over again.  Oh, I’d love to do it again.  I didn’t keep any of the pieces I made back in the mid 90s.  I wish I had saved them.

As I was paging through the books I found a few pages ripped from a magazine.  OH, that’s right.  I put silk ribbon embroidery on a jumper for our daughter Kayla.  The dress was similar to this.  She wore it all the time.  I was pretty positive that what I stitched was a little girl who was jump roping.

I paged through more of the papers…Oh, I remember these so cute.

…and there it was.  It was the little pattern I used to stitch the jump roping girl on Kayla’s jumper.

Well…that got me all nostalgic.  I wonder if Kayla kept that dress.  I’ll have to ask her.  Better yet, I wonder if I could find a little jumper at the thrift store and stitch a little girl in silk ribbon on it.  Hmm.  I have three granddaughters just old enough to wear a cute little jumper.

The hunt is on!!  I just might have to pull this out even if I don’t find a jumper.  I’d love to make a little pillow for a dough bowl.  We’ll have to see.

Many thanks to the blog reader who sent the silk.  It was a fun trip down memory lane.

Are any silk ribbon embroiderers out there??  I’d love to know if there are.

18 thoughts on “Silk Ribbon Embroidery

  1. Samantha M

    I’ve never heard of silk ribbon embroidery before, I’ll have to look it up on YouTube. I hope you find a jumper, I’m intrigued to see it :-)

  2. Pamela Meyers Arbour

    I jumped on the bandwagon back when it was a thing. I even took a course and have some of the books that you do. LIke you, I still have the stuff, but………….that’s not high on my list of things to do before I get really old. LOL

  3. Kate

    I never was tempted to do it, but not sure why since it is very beautiful. I hope you find the right jumper to put it on and then you can show us. I plan to stick with quilting and cross stitching!

  4. RuthW in MD

    I once had a sewing basket shaped like yours, with that U-shaped trim on the inside! That ribbon looks so pretty, but I never did any ribbon embroidery. Good Luck!

  5. beth Jadwisiak

    I used to do silk ribbon embroidery years ago also, but what got me started with silk ribbon was smocking. I made numerous dresses with silk ribbon smocking for my daughters, niece and I still have one of dresses and all three of my granddaughters have worn it on one occasion or another. Again, fond memories.

  6. Gail in Ohio

    I did it for a while back in the day – still have some ribbon and I think I have that same book! Now I’ll have to go look through my things too…

  7. Debbie B

    Oh, my, that brought back memories. I dabbled in silk ribbon embroidery back in the 90’s. I did (or I should say I started) a BOM from Piecemakers when I lived in TX. I really should dig that one out. I enjoyed learning a new technique but I think a move got in the way and I didn’t get back into it. I, too, have a little collection of silk ribbon that needs to be used. I’m anxious to see what you do with yours. Have fun!

  8. Paula.thequilter

    I still have a blazer that With silk ribbon embroidered lapels that I did. I can’t fit into it but I have it! It was a lot of work, but I was down it’s a broken ankle so I had a LOT of time to do it.

  9. Kim from TN

    I have heard of silk ribbon embroidery. Now I need to go check out U- Tube and see what its about. Cute idea to add it to some jumpers for the granddaughters.

  10. Cathy Kizerian

    Oh my, I used to do SRE (silk ribbon embroidery) all.the.time. I did scores of projects and still have most of them either hanging or stored. As I recall, Bucilla is an OK brand, but on the lower end of the durability (and color) scale. Perfect for a beginner but probably not the best choice for clothing or repeated washings.

  11. Virginia Grenier

    That old sewing basket is very similar to one I got from my mom (who passed away last year). Now you have me going down memory lane!

  12. Linnea

    I enjoyed embellishing sweatshirts and plain red shirts back in the 90’s with silk ribbon embroidery. Hmmm may have to resurrect that in my artful visible mending. I used a fabric stabilizer to keep the fabric from becoming distorted and stretched out. My favorite stabilizer is available through Sublime Stitching. I found it to be the easiest to remove so far in all I’ve used in recent years.

  13. Jackie in NY

    Hi Jo – I did some silk ribbon embroidery back in the 90’s – just like you I’ve kept the ribbon all these years! I do have one piece that’s partially done and it’s really beautiful- I should finish it. Thank you for the trip down memory lane!


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