Handmade silk and ribbon roses were very popular in the Edwardian era. They were used to trim dresses and hats, and as hair accessory.
‘One of the most charming fashions is the use of silk or ribbon roses. […] Since the work has become popular, some women take lessons in rose-making, but the clever worker will be able to teach herself the pretty art’. (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)
These Edwardian fabric roses are so easy to make with just some silk or satin scraps. I used cream-colored satin fabric for the Edwardian satin roses.
‘This is the simplest form of rose to make and also one of the daintiest in appearance […] Satin is a good fabric to use for these’.
How To Make Satin Roses – Edwardian Tutorial (1910)
- silk or satin scraps
- sewing thread
1. Cut a piece of satin on the bias, about 4 x 20cm (1 1/2″ x 8″) – depending on how big and full you want the rose.
2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise. Turn the raw edges inside and whipstitch along the edges. Then draw the thread tight, gathering the whipstitches slightly.
3. Now roll the satin strip and sew the rose together at the bottom. Continue till you reach the end of the strip. Secure the thread with some stitches, then cut off the thread. And the Edwardian satin rose is finished!
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