After featuring Fargo roses on some of my crazy quilt blocks, a reader, asked me to write instructions on how to do a Fargo Rose. So here they are!
As I set about the task I realised I did not know why or who this silk ribbon motif was named after. I did check my silk ribbon embroidery books and a search online did not help me either. If anyone knows I would love to know the story. Feel free to leave a comment as I am sure others would like to know as well.
Anyway this is how I stitch a Fargo Rose.
This sample is worked using 7mm silk ribbon.
First bring you needle through to the front of the fabric. With your non dominant hand hold the ribbon and wrap the ribbon around the needle once. The wrapping movement is the same as a french knot.
Keep the wrap about 5 cm (2 inches) up the ribbon. Push the tip of the needle through the ribbon about 1 cm (a third of an inch) away from the wrap on one side of the ribbon.
Next on the opposite side of the ribbon, push the tip of the needle through the ribbon about 1 cm (a third of an inch) away so that the needle is zig zaging down the length of the ribbon.
It is a bit difficult to explain so I have made a diagram of the path the needle takes. With each step just catch the side of the ribbon. Each step across the ribbon is a petal.
If you want more petals add more steps. If you want larger petals have less steps. The main thing that no matter how many petals you choose is to keep the distance consistent.
Normally I keep the wrap under my thumb but I have the wrap exposed so that you can see what is happening to the ribbon. You might find it easier to work by keeping the wrap between thumb and for finger.
Before you take the needle through the fabric just pull the wrap firm on the needle so that it is neat. Don’t pull too tight just firm it up a little by just tugging the tail as it will create a nice centre to the rose.
Insert the needle near but not in the same place as where the ribbon first emerges from the back.
With a smooth motion pull the needle to the back of the work. This means the needle loaded with the ribbon is being pulled down the zig zag path.
It takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it they are simple and quick to do.
This image is the last of the ribbon, as it is being taken to the back of the fabric.
The completed rose.
I hope this tutorial is useful. As usual click on any of the images to take you to larger versions. Enjoy!