I gave decorative stitches on ribbon a try yesterday. It turned out to be really easy with a minuscule amount of practice. Choosing what to embroider was the most challenging step. I like looking down menus on the Bernina 580. It's still a very new machine for me and I am constantly discovering what's in there. This "Polish" snowflake caught my eye.
Under the ribbon I place a 2 inch wide strip of tear away stabilizer and then go for it! It's important to try a scrap first as the motif might not sew completely centered. Just adjust how you hold the ribbon accordingly. This method only works if you won't be seeing the back of the ribbon because the stabilizer is impossible to pick out of the tiny stitches. In any other case I think a heavy soluble stabilizer would work.This piece will become folded over tags, so the back doesn't matter.
Now onto the subject of 'les petites etiquettes' or the tiny tags that can be made fast and well with technology. My friend A sometime borrows a Cricut machine (or should I say computer) from a family member and knowing my love for 'les etiquettes' proposed to give it a try. We made those below with the Plantain cartridge, which to my unknowing eyes is a font collection.
These little ones, 7/8" wide and 1 3/8" long, will be so useful for weaving to mark samples in the selvedge and take notes. A. also mentioned seeing those as price tags at flea markets and such. We should be so lucky as to have a flea market here!