Ribbon Flower Arrangements
Projects by Helen Gibb.
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A lily has six petals and six stamens. A lily spray in a simple vase is very striking. Or, bead the petals with seed beads; assemble the lily with no stem and use it on a hat.
Materials and Tools:
60" of 1" wide pink/white wired ribbon
3" of 32-gauge wire
6" of 22-gauge wire
6 wine lily stamens
1. Secure six wine lily stamens together with a 3-inch piece of 32-gauge wire. Glue this to a 6-inch piece of 22-gauge wire.
2. Fold one 10-inch piece of wired ribbon in half across its width. Do not remove any wires from the ribbon. Turn up the bottom corners of the ribbon so a "boat" shape is formed.
3. Begin the running stitch pattern from the folded point on the right, continuing along the short edge of the ribbon to the other point.
5. Open the ribbon and test the gathering until the petal is the shape you want. Secure the gathering with stitches. Trim off the ribbon tabs at the back of the petal.
6. Repeat the above steps for five more petals.
7. Assemble the lily by stitching/gluing three of the petals around the stamen center. Attach the other three petals in between the first petals. Finish the lily stem with floral tape or bias silk ribbon.