Saturday, June 28, 2014

tutorial - embroidered rings , part 1


Embroidery ring tutorial
Part 1 – gather your supplies
Yubinukis are Japanese thimble rings.  Traditionally made from leather (if intended as a ‘working’ thimble), or silk for decorative purpose.  However, you don’t need expensive materials to make one. Gather a few basic sewing supplies and a pretty embroidery floss and let’s start!
Supplies, short list
1.       Mold
2.       Glossy paper
3.       Knitting yarn
4.       Simple white paper
5.       A strip of fabric
6.       Embroidery thread
7.       Basic sewing  toolbox: Scissors, sewing and embroidery needles, pins, pencil
8.       Scotch tape.
Supplies, the long version
1.       Mold – you need a cylinder, or a tube roughly the same width as your finger, or a little wider. I’m using a lip balm tube. It’s a little on the big size, but the rings are big and bulky, and aren’t likely to fall.   Sharpie markers, lipsticks, have a look around the house and find something (roll a newspaper inside your wedding ring if nothing else works).
2.       Glossy paper for the base - I’m using a TV magazine cover. As a thumb rule, it’s better to use more rounds of lighter paper, then less rounds of heavy/thick paper.  We want our ring to keep some flexibility, while not allowing it to fold.  You may have to experiment a little before you find the paper that works for you.
3.       Knitting yarn – the simplest leftover you have, as long as it’s not furry/fuzzy/hairy.  Color isn’t important – we will be stitching over it.   You don’t need a lot – if it’s long enough to go around your finger 20 times – it’s plenty.
4.       Simple white printer paper. We will use a thin strip of this paper to mark the partition around the ring.
5.       A strip of Fabric – try matching the color of the fabric to one of the colors of your embroidery threads (this will make mistakes/faults less pronounced).  Quilting cotton is great. Linen will do as long as it’s lightweight.  Any bias leftovers will do.
6.       Embroidery thread – traditionally Japanese silk , but we’re going modern – any leftover embroidery thread in your sewing box can do – from 1 strand of cross stitch thread, to number 5 hardanger thread . The result, of course will change accordingly.   Multicolor threads are my favorites (too lazy to change color often).
Metallic threads can add an interesting twist.
next part - making the base


  1. This looks intriguing. I can't wait to see the rest of the tutorial.

  2. Intriguing indeed. I'm looking forward to the next tutorial! Your rings are beautiful!

  3. I just signed up by the email so I won't miss any of the steps!