When I am doing the ribbon embroidery – generally I do not use a frame. When I do need a frame, for any handwork, I always use a square frame. The square frame will give you the largest amount of embroidery or quilting space without pulling your foundation fabric on the bias. You want to make sure the warp and the weft threads are straight and perpendicular to each other. This will help your piece to stay nice and flat.
The picture is of my vintage square Japanese frame. The tension is adjusted by adding extra wraps of the flannel or by removing them.
tie a ribbon 'knot'
When working with silk ribbon a "knot" at the end is needed so you don't pull the ribbon through the fabric. This "knot" will stop the ribbon but not leave a lump underneath~
Step One ~ Thread the needle and place the needle 2 to 3 inches down the ribbon. Pierce the needle through the ribbon at the shortest end of the ribbon.
Step Two ~ Pull the silk ribbon until the needle is at the end. This will leave a small loop at the needle end.
This will protect your silk from needle fraying and maximize the ribbon you can use.
Step Three ~ Knot the ribbon by taking a small stitch at the “other” end of the ribbon. Start by placing the needle at the end of the ribbon, with the needle making a complete circle. Make a running stitch and pull the needle through. The stitch will make enough of a “knot” to secure the ribbon in place.