Valentine’s Day is a fun day to deliver sweet things to each other. Here are some sweet things to do! How about a lesson in silk ribbon embroidery? And you can’t sew without having some yummy cupcakes for Valentine’s Day, well, at least I think so.
Silk Ribbon Embroidery Plus Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day!
Project 1 – Whole Wheat Valentine’s Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees – Makes 12-15 little cakes using a heart mold pan.
This is our favorite white whole wheat cake recipe. It turns out very well. Try some cute cupcakes with it!
1/3 c. shortening
1 large egg
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 1/2 c. freshly ground soft white wheat flour
1 3/4 – 2 c. milk
In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking powder, sea salt and flour. Set aside.
1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in and whisk or beat until light and fluffy.
2. Add the dry ingredients and the 1 3/4 c. of milk. Beat in, but don’t over beat. Your batter should be the consistency of a boxed mix. Whole wheat soaks up liquid quicker than white flour, so let you batter sit for 10 minutes then check the consistency. If it’s too thick, add another 1/4 c. of milk, beat and let sit for a few more minutes. Too little milk, and you’ll have little holes at the top of your cake.
4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until they spring back. Oh boy, these were good! For those who don’t love whole wheat, honestly, you can’t tell.
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
4 Tbsp. milk
Project 2 – Silk Ribbon Heart Embroidery
Decorate or give as a gift!
This project is fairly simple. I know it looks detailed but silk ribbon embroidery is very forgiving! A few simple stitches can be learned to make beautiful things.
Silk Ribbon Heart Embroidery Supplies:
4mm silk ribbon
Chenille 22 needle
#8 Pearle cotton- Pink and Red
Transfer pencil, tracing paper
Something to embellish – I used a dish towel. You can do embroidery on blank cards (cardstock) also.
You may download the template HERE. Personal use only – please do not share but please have your friends come by to download! Thank you!
For each flower, I used: chain and petal stitches and colonial knots. To start, make a knot at the end of the thread, and come down about 3″ from where you’ll start, leaving the knot on top. This is later cut and the thread is woven through the back threads. This prevents little knots all over the back.
1. Print out the template. Use tracing paper, and trace with an iron-on transfer pencil. Iron to your cloth – not sure if you can do this onto a card. (Maybe transfer it with graphite paper.)
Just press down flat with the iron and lift. Do not move the iron or it will smear. Press, 20 seconds, lift. Make sure to get the whole pattern. Sometimes I tape mine in place, but don’t touch the iron to the tape.
2. Outline in the between the flowers with a straight stitch using the pearl cotton. Come up through the back, take a stitch back down. Easy.
3a. Chain Stitch – Come up through the back, take a stitch, but don’t pull through yet. (b)Wrap the ribbon flat around the tip, and then pull through. Come down at the top to secure. Make these in circles of 5 or 6 for each flower, alternating colors.
4. Petals – Come up, lay the ribbon flat, about 1/8″-1/4″ take a stitch down on top. Pull gently so a little curl forms at the end. Pretty and very easy!
5. Colonial Knots – Come up, holding the thread in a slight curve, put the needle under the thread. Wrap once and still holding the thread, put the needle down close to where you came up, pull taut, and go down. Be careful not to pull through too quick. If this knots, you’ll need to pick it out, and it’s not fun.
I added petals all in between, and around some of the colonial knots. This didn’t take long. Ribbon embroidery is fast, and not hard at all. I hope you enjoy trying!