Simple handmade Christmas gifts are always high on my list of craft projects to work on. I do love to craft but I don’t have a lot of time to work on large, complicated crafts. I prefer simple handmade Christmas gifts that I can complete in an afternoon. Silk ribbon embroidery is a craft that looks like it takes much longer than it actually does. You can do silk ribbon embroidery on cross stitch material, embroidery material, clothes, pillows and even on heavy card stock to create a beautiful silk ribbon embroidery bookmark.
Simple Handmade Christmas Gifts
Silk ribbon embroidery is a hand embroidery technique that uses 100% pure silk ribbon and six strand cotton embroidery floss. The stitches are sewn using a crewel needle which has a larger eye that makes it possible to thread the silk ribbon through it. It’s very important when you are creating the stitches that you make sure to keep the ribbon flat, smooth and loose. do not allow it to curl and fold or your designs won’t come out correctly.
There are many different types of stitches you can make. I’ve been doing silk ribbon embroidery for a while and still tend to stick to the basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches.
Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark
A variety of pure silk ribbon in 18″ lengths
White embroidery floss
Heavy cardboard stock for the bookmark back
Using the basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches, choose a design that works well for your bookmark. You can do a random flower pattern all over the bookmark or only at the edge or only on one corner. It really depends on what you like. I’m going to create a series of looped flowers on my silk ribbon embroidery bookmark. For the center of the flower, I am using different colored brads. You can leave it blank if you prefer.