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Shibori ribbon roses

Fold shibori ribbon into rosettes you can embellish with beads and assemble into a necklace or earrings

Shibori ribbon roses

Use bead-embroidery techniques to turn shibori silk ribbon into a necklace of roses encrusted with all your favorite beads. Then add earrings (or a pin!) to match.

Below, you’ll find instructions on how to make the ribbon roses. For full instructions – including how to add embellishment and backing, create a centerpiece and make neck straps – download the free project PDF. The PDF also includes instructions to make shibori ribbon earrings and pins.



 Both projects

  • nylon beading thread, such as Nymo, size D (colors to match shibori silk)
  • beading needles, #11
  • white tacky adhesive

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 5 12-in. (30 cm) shibori silk ribbons in the desired colors
  • 56 3 x 6 mm CzechMates two-hole brick beads (opaque green ultra luster)
  • 54 4 mm glass pearls (dark purple)
  • 16 3 mm fire-polished beads (stone amethyst luster)
  • 1-2 g 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457, metallic dark bronze)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 2008, matte metallic patina iris)
  • 4-6 g assorted beads, such as: 13/0 Charlottes, 15/0 seed beads, 3-4 mm drop beads, 3-4 mm pearls and bicone crystals, 4 mm O-bead
  • Clasp
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 5 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) squares of beading foundation, such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • 5 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) squares of Ultrasuede
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

Pair of earrings 1 in. (2.5 cm) 

  • 1 12-in. (30 cm) shibori silk ribbon, cut into two 6-in. (15 cm) pieces
  • 2-3 g assorted beads, such as: 13/0 Charlottes, 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, 3 mm bicone crystals, 4 mm O-beads
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads for edging (Miyuki 457L, metallic light bronze)
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) squares of beading foundation, such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
  • 2 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) squares of Ultrasuede




Shibori ribbon roses


1. Cut a 2 x 2-in. (5 x 5 cm) square of beading foundation. Tie an overhand knot at one end of 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread.

Shibori ribbon roses Photo a
photo a
Shibori ribbon roses Photo b
photo b

2. Tie an overhand knot at one end of a 12-in. (30 cm) shibori silk ribbon, making sure the knot is very close to the end of the ribbon. Place the knot in the middle of the foundation square, with the long tail of the ribbon to the right. Hold the knot in place while you sew from back to front through the foundation and the knot, and then sew back down through the knot and the foundation about 3 mm away from where your thread exited (Photo A). Make a couple more stitches to tack the knot to the foundation, stitching in a crease of the knot.


3. Fold the long tail of the ribbon in half so the wrong sides are together inside the fold. Make a small (6 mm) vertical stitch about 4 mm away from the knot near the top edge of the ribbon as shown in photo b. You should be sewing through both layers of the ribbon.


4. Fold the ribbon straight down along the line of the last stitch (Photo B), overlapping the edge of the knot slightly. Turn the square one quarter turn counterclockwise so the tail of the ribbon is again on the right.

Shibori ribbon roses Photo c
photo c
Shibori ribbon roses Photo d
photo d

5. Make a small vertical stitch in the center of the ribbon. This stitch should be lined up with the right-hand edge of the knot (Photo D).

Shibori ribbon roses Photo e
photo e
Shibori ribbon roses Photo e
photo f

6. Continue working as in steps 4 and 5 (Photos E, F, and G) until the rose is approximately 1 ½-1 ¾ in. (3.8-4.4 cm) in diameter and you have at least a 1/2-in. (1.3 cm) tail. Keep a firm tension on the ribbon, and overlap the edges of the rose slightly with each fold so there are no gaps where the foundation shows through.

Shibori ribbon roses Photo g
photo g
Shibori ribbon roses Photo h
photo h

7. Work as in step 4, but twist the tail of the ribbon, and tuck it under the adjacent fold (Photo H). Make two or three small stitches to secure the tail, and sew through the foundation so your needle is exiting the back of your work. Tie a couple of overhand knots, and trim the thread.


8. Make a total of five shibori ribbon roses.


For full project instructions, download the free PDF

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