As a machine embroidery enthusiast I really wanted to embellish this beautiful but plain expanse of fabric. However, due to the soft nature of the fibers I knew that embroidery directly on a pashmina would be a challenge. I experimented with embroidering on fabric blocks and bands instead of directly on the pashmina. I found that the finished look is neat and attractive on both the top and bottom side.
Traditionally, a pashmina refers to a shawl woven from a special fiber. Today it is commonly used as a generic term for a soft wrap. These plain wraps available in many stores and the quality can vary greatly. For my Florals and Ribbons wrap I opted for a 2-ply Pashmina/Silk Wrap purchased from www.thepashminastore.com. If you are looking for a pashmina that will last, and one that is worthy of the time and effort of added embroidery I highly recommend this type, believing it is far superior to those found in discount stores. You’ll find that the weight of this 2ply wrap is ideal for the added embroidered bands.
• Select your ribbon first and then plan the embroidery design colors around your ribbon colors. Ribbon colors are limited when compared to the availability of thread colors. Shop with your ribbon in hand and match your thread as closely as possible.
• I usually use machine embroidery thread in the top and bobbin for sewing the ribbon. If you are torn between choosing thread slightly lighter or slightly darker than your ribbon, go for the darker shade.
• Match the laundering requirements of your fabric (pashmina) and your trims, making sure they are compatible.
• I recommend a fine, sharp sewing machine needle for sewing the ribbon in place. I usually use a size 10 Schmetz Microtex needle.
• As always, it’s a good idea to test your embroidery design on a remnant of fabric first. Experiment with different layouts for the combination of ribbons and embroidered sections of fabric. I like to pin my embroidered sections to the wrap and try it on before I commit to stitching them in place. It is always easier to unpin than it is to "unstitch.”