They say that today handicrafts are going througha real boom: and it's fashionable, and profitable and interesting. Yes, probably, it is so. But, boom is boom, but only the hobby of handicraft creativity was popular at all times, and the real handmade was always in price (it was called only in a different way). And even the new techniques of needlework are in fact not new, but only adapted to modern technology secrets of old masters. But there are among the newfangled hobbies of needlewomen and such techniques, which, as they say, "for all time". Seem only trendy, but in fact have a rich and long history and have reached us almost unchanged. To these kinds of needlework is also embroidery ribbons. Of course, such embroidery is simply "indescribable beauty". Looks richly and elegantly, decorates itself with anything. But still, as it turns out, this is one of the easiest ways to embroider (in any case, so say embroiderers themselves). How true is this statement and to whom do we owe this amazing kind of needlework like embroidery with ribbons? Let's find out.
History of embroidery ribbons
The very art of sewing with silk ribbons is veryancient, and it originated in medieval Italy, from where it gradually came to France, where the triumph of this technique of embroidery took place. And the whole point is that in this romantic time (remember the novels of Dumas) in the fashion was a frivolous Rococo style with its inherent splendor, dash and pretentiousness. And the fashion maker of the time, Louis XV was a passionate lover of embroidery. True, it is not known for certain whether he himself came up with the technique of embroidering with ribbons, or he borrowed this idea? But the fact remains. It was at the court of Louis that the ladies started flaunting dresses decorated with satin ribbons embroidered with embroidery. After the dresses, clothes came along, and then royal embroidery began to decorate hats with umbrellas, blankets, lampshades and all sorts of necessary and unnecessary ladies '(and not ladies') gizmos. But all this happened already in the nineteenth century. Two hundred years! Long, of course, but it was a real flowering of the art of embroidery with ribbons. What did not decorate in this way: both royal attire, and military uniform, and dresses of commoners, and the coats of nobles, and the clothes of priests. At first this technique spread throughout Europe, where it was used to decorate clothes and interior items, and then the New World also came to America and Canada. After the Second World War, the art of embroidery with ribbons was permanently forgotten (well, not before that was for women!). However, at the end of the twentieth century interest in needlework as such and in the art of embroidery with ribbons began to revive actively. Today this kind of embroidery is popular not only among the handmade handmade masters, but is used even in high fashion (almost like in the time of Louis XV)!
Tools for embroidery with ribbons
According to followers of Louis XV, embroideryribbons - the art is not particularly sophisticated, but extraordinarily spectacular. Yes, and materials with tools for this embroidery a little. However, special requirements are imposed on the types and quality of such instruments. Tapes. For embroidery tapes are usually used from silk, satin and moire. Such tapes in width from three up to ten millimeters can be got both in special shops of the goods for needlework or in usual haberdashery. Special requirements for embroidery ribbons - strength, small thickness and elasticity (they should not be stretched too much). In addition, ribbons designed for embroidery should have a characteristic silk shine and a strong (wash-resistant) color. To check the ribbons for color fastness, they must be washed and patted through a damp cloth. Strictly speaking, this procedure should be done before embroidering, even if you are sure of the quality of tapes. The cloth. If you are only going to learn the technique of embroidery ribbons, it is better to start with a conventional canvas or fabric with a uniform weave (linen, cotton). By the way, this is the basis used by experienced embroiderers to create panels and embroidered paintings. When decorating ribbons of clothing, there are no obvious restrictions on the choice of texture. It can be both thin silk, and dense velvet, and a knitted cloth. However, be prepared for the fact that too dense fabrics are difficult for this type of embroidery - tapes can be difficult to pass through them. Needles. Well, what kind of embroidery without a needle? And for embroidery tapes to choose this tool you need to approach "with knowledge". For such embroidery need needles, the eye of which freely passes the tape and allows it to completely break in the superimposed stitch. By the way, when choosing a needle, do not forget that the smaller its number, the thicker the needle itself. Using too thin a needle is fraught with the fact that the tape will lose its appearance even while working, and then quickly become shabby and raslohmaty. Correctly selected needle will save from such unpleasant consequences and will greatly facilitate the work. For use thick embroidery needle with a sharp end and a larger lug (chenille needle) or Tapestry, too thick and wide eye, but with a blunt tip. To narrow two-millimeter strips take the smallest needle (24), and for a wide measuring tape - needle from the sixteenth number. The embroidery frame is also necessary for embroidery with ribbons. Of course, with a certain skill, you can do without them, but for the best result you need to pull the fabric. For this type of embroidery, you can use conventional round embroidery frames or frame hoops. In addition to the hoop during embroidery, ribbons may also need scissors, pins, fabric marker, thimble, tape measure and ruler. And as additional materials - sequins, beads, bugles, beads.
Technique of embroidery ribbons
Embroidery ribbons roses, asters, chamomile, cornflower,and any other flowers, buds and leaves allows you to achieve simply enchanting effect. Volumetric, shiny, colorful, this embroidery looks truly royal. Nevertheless, it is difficult to name this technique, since it differs little from traditional embroidery with threads. The only difference is the use of "ribbon stitch". The main stitches used in embroidery with ribbons are as follows.
Useful tips for embroidery ribbons
- For accurate embroidery, the wizards are advised to first apply a pattern outline on the fabric, then make auxiliary stitches, and only then embark on the very embroidery with ribbons.
- For work it is desirable to use tapes no longer than seventy centimeters. Longer tapes in the process of work will be disheveled.
- Tapes width more than two centimeters for embroideryit is better not to use. In any case, they should not be put in the eye of a needle, and if necessary, you can add to the embroidery already ready flowers from wide ribbons.
- More effectively looks embroidery from different types of ribbons and several shades.
- Embroidery with satin ribbons will look good on all types of fabric, but decorative tapes should be used only for finishing.
- Embroidery from cotton strips, unlike embroidery with satin ribbons, is perfect for decorating bed linen or, for example, women's hats.
But no matter what kind of tapes you use, the main thing- it is a harmonious combination of the texture of the fabric, the type of product, the quality of the tapes and the drawing itself. The uniqueness of this technology in its immutability, unexpected simplicity of execution, special festivity and the effect of royal decoration. Learn the crafts of your favorite French king and feel like a queen! We advise you to read: