I got a couple requests to write a tutorial for this stitch on Instagram and I jumped at it! I’ve been itching to post some tutorials since I’m working on top-secret stuff at Instructables and can’t post anything else there until that’s done. 😉
This flower embroidery stitch is super easy to master, and you can make flowers and roses in whatever size you like once you’ve got it down.
Keep on reading to find out all the tips and tricks for this flower embroidery stitch! 😀
P.S. If you’re brand new to embroidery, check out Embroidery 101 for all the basics and loads of examples! And if you’d like to learn how to add pretty borders to your embroideries, check out my tutorial over that!
Grab some embroidery floss, a bit of hooped fabric and a water soluble pen. If you’ve got a needle you’ve used so much that it’s a bit curved, that’s your best bet here!
To get started, draw a circle on your fabric. Place a dot in the middle. (I just eyeball this, but you can absolutely measure it out!)
The key to making these flowers is dividing the circle into an odd number of segments. I use 5 segments for small flowers and 7 segments for big. I eyeball this as usual, but again – feel free to get mathematical with it. 😀
I eyeball everything out of laziness, but I do really like the way things look when they’re a bit wonky.
Bring your needle up through the center of the flower, and then down on the outside. Bring the needle back to the center as much as you can while making the segments – keep this circle clean on the back will make finishing the flower much easier. 😀
One you’ve got all the segments in, bring the needle up as close to the center as you can.
Now you’ll start weaving! Just use the standard under-over-under-over pattern with the needle and go around whichever way is easiest for you.
There are two ways to weave these flowers. I like the look of both (I’m doing a loosely woven flower in this tutorial), so I suggest trying them to see which one works for you:
- TIGHTLY – If you pull the floss tightly as you weave, you’ll wind up with a fluffier and more 3D flower. These flowers also have a tendency to be a little messy looking, because it’s harder to avoid snags. This uses MUCH more floss, so keep that in mind.
- LOOSELY – If you stop pulling as soon as you feel friction, you’ll wind up with a flatter and neater flower.
I embroider with a length of floss that reaches from my finger tips to my elbow, most times. This is how far I got after one of those pieces of floss. 🙂
This is after two pieces!
What to do when you run out of floss: angle your needle and push it under the flower’s edge and to the back of the fabric. Tie a knot and be careful to not pull the floss through as you tie it. 🙂
Start again by angling the needle and bringing the floss to the front from under the edge of the flower.
When you flower starts to look like the photo above, it’s time to stop weaving and start using long stitches to cover the legs the rest of the way.
Always start and end a stitch with the needle under the edge of the flower.
Keep filling in the edges with long stitches until all the legs are covered and it looks nice and full! It helps to guide the piece of floss (as shown above) into place when making these long stitches.
Here are moe examples of these flowers – if this doesn’t convince you to drop everything and embroider flowers, I don’t know what will! 😀
And there you go. Let me know if you have any more requests for embroidery tutorials! I’d love to do more. 😀