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Day 15 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 15 of FLOWERS GALORE!

silk ribbon embroidery with ribbon work flowers

Rococo Pillow

This is a close-up view of a small pillow that I made using both ribbonwork and silk ribbon emboridery stitches. The base is made from two silk fabrics pieced together and embellished with vintage ribbon trim, a basket made from vintage lace, embellished with a variety of ribbon flowers and ribbon trims. This was an example used in my book Ribbonwork Gardens from C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 13 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 13 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Small Works!

This is a grouping of some of my favorite embroidered treasures. I keep these in baskets on my work table and book cases so that I can see them and love them everyday! These can be found as gallery examples in my ribbonwork and embroidery books from C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 12 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 12 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This little creamer was one of my favorite finds, it is the from Royal Winton Sweet Pea collection. I have filled it with blooms made from the basic rosette. This technique can be found in the Beginning Flower chapter from my book Ribbonwork Gardens  from C&T Publishing.

Ribbonwork Gardens a book by Christen Brown

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 10 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 10 of FLOWERS GALORE!

ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Violet Gardens

This was one of two entries for the Piecework Magazine’s Excellence in Needlework 2009. The challenge was to make a brooch no larger than 3″, in any needle art category. This was a gallery piece that can be found in my book Ribbonwork Gardens by C&T Publishing.

Ribbonwork Gardens a book by Christen Brown

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 6 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 6 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Red and White Vase

This is a small vase made from a china doll arm. I made a sleeve from vintage lace pieces, and then filled the vase with lily of the valley, calla lily, sweetheart’s flower, and petals made from the boat gather and folded petal techniques. These flowers, and more  can be found in my book Ribbonwork Flowers, by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Happy May Day, Day 1 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 1 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Spools and Tools

This is a wreath that started with a base of old wooden thread spools, threaded onto a thick floral wire. The base is wrapped with a printed ribbon, and adorned with tin butterflies, vintage buttons and an old pair of scissors that belonged to my grandmother. The scissors are wrapped with a ribbon that has a print similar to a measuring tape. There are also flowers made from the printed ribbon and a few lady bugs are resting in place.
The base also has four plastic thimbles that are filled with red blue and yellow flowers.

This is an example from my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Day 27 of HEARTS! Country Hearts

Country Hearts 1, 7 1/2″ L x 8″W

Country Hearts 2, 7 1/2″ L x 8″W

Day 27 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. These two wall hangings begin with a jean fabric base and one of my favorite fabrics, the floral print that the hearts are cut from. The heart shapes are bordered by a dyed leaf trim, and are surrounded by silk ribbonwork flowers and leaves, and silk ribbon embroidery.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 23 of HEARTS! Vintage Heart Wreath

Day 23 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped wire form is covered in ribbonwork flowers and leaves, with a a few vintage buttons sprinkled among the blooms. I used vintage and new satin ribbons, sheer ribbon from a gift package, vintage rayon hem-tape, and dyed Hannah silk bias ribbon. This wreath was featured in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Gardens.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 21 of HEARTS! Blue Jean Baby

#1 Back of jeans

#2 Blue Jean Baby

#3 Flower Child

#4 Embroidered Hearts

Day 21 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. In the 1st photo you see that I removed the pocket from the back leg of a pair of jeans. In the 2cd photo you see Blue Jean Baby” a small wall hanging that I made, the vase is a heart shaped doily, and it is filled with ribbonwork flowers from my first book Ribbonwork Gardens. In the 3rd photo you see the pocket adorned with a heart shaped crochet doily that my mom made. The doily is adorned with embroidered appliques, tatted flowers (that my mom made), ribbonwork flowers, silk ribbon trim and buttons. In the 4th photo you can see that I embroidered hearts onto the other side of the pant leg.

Happy February to you!

~Christen