5 Simple stitches for Flowers

I wasn’t too sure what to write about today, I was looking at my collection of embroidery projects (most of them half finished!) and I realized that there are so many different ways to embroider a flower and I thought I’d show you some of them today! These are quick little projects you can try that look awesome!

Whats your favorite way to create flowers?

The weave

This stitch is great for creating a rose like flower and adds texture to your project. This stitch can be created using embroidery thread, but if you want some real texture you can use thicker yarn or wool!

To start this stitch, you need to make a base for your weave. Make 5 long straight stitches from the center of your flower, try to make these as even in length as possible. Now start from the center and weave your floss around the stitches you made earlier! Under, over, under, over…..

The Single Chain Stitch

This stitch makes lovely, more realistic looking flower petals. The chain stitch was covered in the basic embroidery stitches, but to make it into petals all’s you need to do is make one stitch then secure the stitch at the tip with a simple straight stitch.

Blanket Stitch

Blanket stitch is a beautiful stitch that isn’t often used for flowers. It creates more of an abstract style flower, but awesome non the less!

Start by bringing your floss to the front of the fabric, make a stitch parallel from the middle of the flower to the outside. Then make sure the floss is under the needle and pull through. Carry on around the center of the flower!

The Woven Picot Stitch

This is a variation of the woven stitch that is only attached at the base of the petal. This is a little more complicated and you’ll need to use a pin to help from the weave.

Attach the pin to the tip of the petal, with the point sticking out of the middle of the base of the petal, see below. Make one large loop around the head of the pin. The entrance and exit of this first stitch will be the base of the stitch. Now bring the needle through at the mid point of the first loop and again loop it around the pin head. Now you can start weaving! First go under the middle strand (from the other side of the pin). Carry on the weaving, going under the two outer strands in one direction then under the middle strand in the other direction.This is where you can play around with the tension of the floss. Tighter tensions will result in a thinner petal, looser weave tensions will result in a wider petal. I like to start with a tighter weave, then let it get looser as you go further down the petal. To finish off the stitch simply put your needle in at the base of the weave to secure and anchor the petal. Now remove the pin and your done! Carry on the stitches around the flower middle to create more petals. I finished it off with a French knot stitch in the middle. 

The French Knot Flower

I LOVE french knots… any excuse to use them and I’m there! I love making little flowers using them, they are also perfect for the middle of a flower too.

Simply take your thread and push it through to the front of your fabric, wind the thread around the needle, I normally do 2 or 3 times depending on the size of the knot you want. then put the needle through right next to your entry point and pull the floss tight! Repeat this several times to make a flower in your desired shape.

Tell me what your favorite style of stitch for your flowers! How about filling a whole hoop with different flowers, or creating a free hand bunch for that special someone!

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