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.
Small Wonders Vase- ribbon worked flowers and leaves
I chose for the vase a healthy squatty round gourd that a friend had dyed with shoe leather dyes.
The flowers and leaves are made from a variety of silk, woven and French wire ribbons, none larger than 5/8″ wide. They are attached to wire stems that have been covered in 4mm silk ribbon.
There are roses made from both woven and silk bias ribbons; ruffled edged ribbon rosettes; and satin ribbon leaves. I used a vintage glass button for the center of the large ruffled flower and a stuffed bias ribbon for the center of the sheered flower to the right of it.
My favorite is the morning glory vine to the right of the picture where I used silk bias flowers with an 1/8″ ombre ribbon for the leaves, and millinery stamens for the centers.