Ribbon straw strawberries can make a cute addition to a three dimensional flower display or turn them over and you have an instant flower bud.
|You’ll need a few yards each of green and red ribbon straw. I’m using vintage Myart 100% polyester Ribbon Straw but you can use any brand.
I’m using a Studio Twelve Multi-Fleur loom to make my strawberry but you can use any loom with two rounds.
Start by winding a small flower with the green straw. Make two rounds.
Cut the straw, leaving at least 24″ or 60cm to stitch the centre.
|Using red wind a large flower over the top. Make three rounds of petals.|
|Sew a backstitch centre using green.|
|Turn your loom over.
You can see that it looks like you have stitched a stem stitch centre but the last stitch isn’t finished.
|Put your needle under the next stitch and pull through|
|to complete the round.|
|Darn any loose ends onto the front of your flower.|
|Take a length of red straw and thread it through the red petals as you take them off the loom.|
|Tie a knot and pull tight to gather the petals into the centre.|
|Tie a second knot,|
|trim the ends to about an inch and tuck them inside.|
|Up this way you have a flower bud|
|and up this way you have a strawberry!|
Copyright Sarah Bradberry, March 4th 2011. All rights reserved.