One tip to keep have your silk ribbon embroidery look good is to use crease free silk ribbons! In other words iron them. Now this is a fiddly and annoying task so I am often asked how I store my silk ribbon so that is does not get scrunched.
I keep many of my ribbons on these hand turned wood ribbon holders. These are made by Jerry my husband. However my ribbon stash has been growing quicker than he has been able to stand at his lathe. So I decided I needed to come up with another solution.
If you wind ribbons around something it will keep them crease free. Just about anything will do, for years I used the cardboard toilet roll innards to do the task! But I have been successfully using this method for a while now and I thought I would share it!
Some people use the commercial thread bobbins to store their silk ribbon but this method has a problem as the commercial thread bobbins create a neat little crease ever inch or so as the ribbon is wrapped around the bobbin which is of course just what you do not want.
However I think I have a solution as I realised that all they needed was a little ‘padding’ to take out the hard edge that makes the crease. This padding is a plastic straw.
Get a plastic drinking straw. Measure the straw against the thread bobbin and cut the straw the length of the notch on the bobbin.
Do this twice so that you have one piece of straw for each side of your bobbin.
With old scissors (these are old embroidery scissors that are now used for other things) cut the straw open, up the side.
Slip the piece of straw over each side of the embroidery thread bobbin. The straw will stay on as it grips the bobbin.
Wind your ribbon on not too tight and you will have no more creases!
I hope you find this tip useful.
It works trust me!
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