During my recent trip to St Petersburg, Russia, I studied a masterclass with the wonderful ribbon embroidery artist Valentina Razenkova.  Valentina's work is intricately detailed and combined handpainting and ribbon embroidery, and hand embroidery to create the most amazing landscapes and still life compositions.  I was fortunate to learn her own technique for roses...and we went shopping for shoes, jewellery, and ribbons of course!

Some of Valentina's works are double layered, where she does a layer of ribbon work and embroidery with handpainting, then covers this with a layer of organza, and then embroiders ontop of that layer...it creates a multi dimensional effect.  You can't see this in photos very clearly, but in real life her works are breathtaking!!  I love her technique of creating each petal individually to sculpt the flowers, and then handpaint to create definition.

In this artwork, there is a tree and birds on one layer of fabric, then the organza is placed over the top and embroidered onto, to give a sense of depth.

I can't wait to practice the new techniques I have learned, so that I can start my project based on a rococco style roses still life 🙂

Thanks so much to Valentina, and my friend Kristina who was our interpreter 🙂  Valentina is a gracious and hospitable hostess, and beautiful woman who made my stay very comfortable, and the learning a pleasure.

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  1. […] of works Nature of Truth.  During this visit, my dear friend, and extremely talented artist Valentina Razenkova took me to the Alexandrovsky Gardens; where I'm glad to say I was not only inspired by the […]

  2. baran
    June 4, 2014 -
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    Hi , I love you and your art. thank you.kiss kiss

  3. baran
    May 24, 2014 -
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    Hi, i am iranian woman.your blag is very good .please learning with pictur. i can not speak english.i love learning ribon. please help me . tank you. kiss , kiss

    • June 4, 2014 -
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      Hi Baran, thank you. I will have online school for embroidery soon, I will add you to email list, and you can see more information there http://eepurl.com/MdYpj

  4. shekoo
    June 27, 2013 -
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    At the first of all I am sorry for I can’t speak good I English! I am a woman from Iran and I love to learn Silk in Ribbon Embroidery But I don’t know what I should do for this…please help me….I love U

    • June 28, 2013 -
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      Dear Shekoo, I thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving comments. Please write as you feel comfortable, I can use translator :) Please have a look at my website for more information http://ingridleeenterprises.com/services/art-courses/fabric-art-and-ribbon-emboidery-seminar.html I will make online course in a few months. Please connect with me on facebook, or I can email you when this will be. More information will come soon. Thank you again, a good day to you :) Ingrid

  5. Валентина Разенкова
    October 21, 2011 -
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    Ингрид ,я была рада нашей встрече . Общение с тобой дало мне много полезной информации . Рада буду опять встретится .

    • October 21, 2011 -
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      It was a pleasure to meet you.....yes we will meet again. I hope to have some work to show you soon! xxx

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