I was asked nicely if I would make a tutorial of the ric-rac flowers so I just couldn't say no. Plus, I know how much I appreciate tutorials that others do. Here goes! I hope you try it.You may click all photos to enlarge them.
You will need:
One tea towel
Various colors of cotton ric rac
Fabric glue (washable)
Water soluble fabric marker
1. I determined that it takes 12 points on one side of the ric-rac to make a circle that lays down flat. So count twelve points and add a little bit extra so you can tuck it under neatly.
2. Lay out ric rac on your tea towel and make a circle that lays flat. Tuck under one edge and use a little fabric glue to secure it. You may also like to use some on each cut end of the ric rac so it won't fray. The brand I have is Aleen's OK to Wash It glue -- especially for fabrics.
3. Next you will pin the ric rac down. Lay out in a pleasing pattern.
4. After pinning, you will secure the points of the ric rac with French knots and a small hidden stitch. In all the embroidery in this project, I used 3 strands of the floss. I made French knots on the outer points and secured the inner points with a tiny stitch that was hardly noticeable.
5. With a water soluble fabric marker, mark the middle of each flower and then take a ruler and draw straight lines across to each inner point. Draw stems and leaves and add any other extras you'd like.
6. Stitch along lines within the flowers, catching in the points of the ric rac as you go. I used the outline stitch for all my lines in this project. For the center of each flower, add 3 or more French knots.
7. Now finish up with embroidering the stems, leaves and additional flowers as desired. Again, I used the outline stitch, but you might also like the stem stitch for this. They are very similar.
8. Spray finished work with a water bottle to dissolve the blue marker lines. Launder as usual and press.
Tada! You're done!
Thanks to Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary