After letting the silk taffeta petals dry overnight, having soaked them in a product called "Stop Fraying", I started embroidering a rose. The project is from chapter 11 of "Roses in Silk and Organza Ribbon". I have to admit that I was having trouble understanding the instructions. But I kept at it and it worked out fairly well. The petals were a bit stiff from the anti-fray chemicals. It took some strength to sew the fabric petals down. The first section was to sew down a couple of layers of petals and roll the edges. Then a fan like structure is sewn to the middle. Finally more petals are sewn into the center and rolled and folded up to cover the bottom of the fan. Here is a picture of the finished rose.
Why I embroidered an off-white rose onto off-white satin I will never understand. It is very difficult to see the rose. First I was going to dye the tips of the petals pale pink. But that could go wrong so easily. So instead I lifted the petals and dyed the satin fabric underneath.
Rose after using blue fabric dye on satin fabric.
Now it is looking better. As the picture above shows I placed a piece of felt down on the fabric and the satin stitched over it to make a stem. Then I added a bit of darker blue dye and the project is now drying. It will take some practice but I have the basics down. Tomorrow I will wash the pink petals and start another rose. It should be fun! When I'm finished I will make them into Valentine gifts.