This is what I think of when I think of ribbon embroidery. It's beautiful, of course. Very victorian.
I had not thought of how realistic a flower might look:
Or of putting it on something like a baby afghan:
Or in a monogram:
Of course, as such an elaborate form of embroidery, and with such a Victorian feel, it is only natural that the show-offs who make crazy quilt use ribbon embroidery to make their quilts even more amazing.
One of my favorite discoveries is some of the modern ways ribbon embroidery is used. This flower fairy is pretty neat.
Not that I plan to start learning ribbon embroidery. In the first place, it's made with silk and organza ribbons. Imagine the cost of a small ribbon embroidery project (never mind some of the larger endeavors). Even if the cost weren't an issue, it is just such an undertaking. For some reason I'd rather learn stumpwork and Brazilian embroidery and some of those ways of making your embroidery 3 dimensional. Uh, once I learn basic embroidery stitches.