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Ribbon Embroidery Poinsettia




  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • 7-mm silk embroidery ribbon
  • Embroidery floss


  1. Step 1

    Turn stocking inside out, and position an embroidery hoop over the space your flower will go.

  2. Step 2

    To make one bract, thread a needle with ribbon. Pass needle up through back of fabric (A) and down through (B) as shown; do not pierce ribbon. Pull until loop is 3/4 inch long.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat to create a circle of five loops, spaced about 1/4 inch apart. Tie ribbon on wrong side of fabric.

  4. Step 4

    Thread needle with one strand of matching floss, and tack down each loop with one stitch: Pass needle up through back of fabric and through tip of loop; reinsert needle into fabric close to where it emerged (C); pull tight.

  5. Step 5

    Iron to flatten loops.

  6. Step 6

    6. Repeat for a second circle of five bracts within the first; these should fall between and slightly overlap first layer. Add 3 to 4 green leaves, using same technique. Tuck the base of each leaf behind the bracts.

  7. Step 7

    7. Add six buds in poinsettia centers by stitching French knots: Thread needle with floss, and pass up through back of fabric. Pinch floss at midpoint using the hand not holding the needle. Place the needle behind the floss, just above where it emerged from the fabric. Holding the needle parallel to fabric, wrap floss (away from you) twice around the tip of the needle. Reinsert the needle close to where it emerged. Pull the needle through, holding the wound floss together to secure the knot.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005



Reviews (9)

  • Kimberly Linn 24 Aug, 2012

    I am so disappointed in this site. You offer great ideas but you only give written instructions. In order to complete this particular project we need step by step detailed pics as to the process as I have no idea how to use ribbon to embrodier an item but I really want to learn and complete this project. The out come pic is awesome but I need more than a written instruction.

  • MsTee 15 Nov, 2008

    These are used on the Poinsettia Fringe-Cuff Stocking. For a picture open a new word document and open a text box on your document then go to the Poinsettia Fringe-Cuff Stocking instructions on this site (you can do a search in crafts). Place your cursor arrow on the stockings picture and right click then click copy. Bring up your word document again and right click inside the text box then click paste. Click inside picture then on lower right corner - drag to enlarge - See poinsettia

  • melaniemgray 6 Oct, 2008

    I need a picture also....

  • CharInSeattle 7 Aug, 2008

    We need a picture of the project and illustrated pictures to go with the instructions, please.

  • Siggiona 15 Mar, 2008

    We need a pictures of the crafting proces!! That will help much more than the text!!
    Thank You,Siggiona

  • npooh 14 Mar, 2008

    I agreen a pitcher would be nice

  • ArtsEatsTreats 28 Dec, 2007

    Need pattern outline and illustration of shape for embroidery

  • Gamie 7 Dec, 2007

    A photo would help but I can understand the craft

  • 5siamescats 30 Nov, 2007