Large Pleated Ruffle:
Using the 36” of wide pink grosgrain ribbon, divide and pin the ribbon
into sixteen or so pleats. Each pleat is 1” and overlaps by ½”.
Stitch the pleats at one edge with two rows of stitching. Sew the two
raw edges together so the pleated ribbon forms a circle of pleated
ribbon. Set aside.
How to make the ribbon tea rose:
Make a tea rose
using 12” of 1 ½” wide silk ribbon for the coiled rose center;
use 12” of 2 ½” wide silk ribbon for three, rolled corner petals
(each petal uses 4” of ribbon); and use 44” of 2 ½” wide silk
ribbon for eight, rolled corner petals (each petal uses 5 ½” of
ribbon). Refer to the pink diagrams for the coiled rose and the
yellow/red diagrams for the rolled corner petals. Stitch three smaller
petals to the coiled rose center first.
Overlap, and stitch
the eight larger petals around the smaller petals in a clockwise
direction. Complete the rose by trimming the excess ribbon from the
base of the rose. Cover the raw edges at the base of the completed rose
with 4” of green bias silk ribbon wrapped as you would floral tape.
Make 6 Folded Roses:
Follow the yellow
diagrams to make six folded roses using 18” of 12 ½” wide bias
silk ribbon for each rose. Make three roses from the Cherry Blossom
ribbon and three roses from the Blushing Bride ribbon. Note: before
stitching the coiled center of the folded rose (step 3) insert a 9”
piece of wire into the ribbon and secure with a little tacky glue. When
the rose is completed cover the raw edges at the base of the rose with
green 3” of bias silk ribbon.
Make 6 Knotted “Leaves": Using 6” of 1” wide
Meadow Sweet or Apple Green bias ribbon, make a knot at the center and
then fold the ribbon in half so a loop is formed. Secure the raw edges
with stitches. Sew/glue one loop leaf between each of the smaller
roses, when you are composing the bouquet.
Make 7 Stem Covers: Using 8” of Chameleon or
Meadowsweet 1” wide ribbon stitch up the long sides of the ribbon so a
tube is formed – think Spaghetti straps! Invert the tubes and slip them
over each of the rose stems. Glue the top of the ribbon stem under the
base of the rose to secure.
Putting the Bouquet Together: Optional
embellishing idea – sew small pearls to several of the flower petals
and randomly around the pink ruffle. Gather all the stemmed roses in
your hand with the smaller folded roses surrounding the large tea rose
at the center. Insert the roses into the hole at the center of the
ruffle. Gather/sew the ruffled ribbon to tightly fit around the roses.
Wrap the Sunmist cording around the base of the roses under the ruffle
and down about 3”. Secure with stitches or glue. Tie a bow using 12” –
18” of the Sunmist cording around the stems.
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