Saturday, November 04, 2006

A rose by any other name...

For the rose challenge this week, I choose the spider-web rose. I know it's a tried and true favorite, but I wanted to test out some different ideas with it.

The first is a Large rose, I put a ruler in so you can see the size of it. First I wove a 4mm solid silk ribbon and then I wove 7mm variegated silk ribbon around that. Being that it was so large it needed to be tacked down so it wouldn't pull out. I'd also suggest trying a 7 spokes wheel instead of 5 as well. Then I added yellow french knots and beads to the center.

The next rose, I wove a normal spider-web rose in 4mm, but after I took 7mm and worked the chain stitch all the way around it. Then I added beads to the middle. I think it makes a nice plump ruffly rose.

Then with the next rose I wove 4mm part way then 7mm the rest. Then I took 7mm and worked the chain stitch three quarters around, then I added loops. I added beads to the middle and to top it off I made a few loose ribbon stitch petals that have fallen from the rose in 7mm.




The next to last rose I used an awl and poked a hole in the middle of the wheel and added a tiny folded center, then I wove 7mm around that.









The last rose, I just added since I got the idea from Eve, over at the Hand Embroidery Group. I used a fuzzy yarn with gold seed beads. It looks kind of Christmas-ish, also kind of looks like a birds nest! LOL

9 comments:

NormaH said...

The roses are beautiful and some really neat suggestions. Looking forward to see what you do next.

Gerry said...

These are just lovely. I really like the fallen petals.

Candi Harris said...

Melissa they are great! I can't wait to sit down and work on the challenge. I'm anxious to try the fuzzy one:)
Candi

Anonymous said...

i LOVE the chain stitch around the edges. Brilliant. I have to try that.

Lil

LostRoses said...

What little works of art! And I especially like the "bird's nest"!

Anonymous said...

They are bu-ti-ful....and I can see that little fuzzy wuzzy on the front of a sweater..say with some gold beads here and there...you rock!!
Eve

Echo and Aaron said...

Hey lady I love those variagated roses... i want some on something... lol. I can't wait till thanksgiving so I can try and do some of this stuff!!

Linda said...

Your roses are beautiful, Melissa. You are becoming quite the textile artist!
Linda

Debbie R. said...

Pretty! Pretty! WOW!