Do You Crave Lavish Patterns on Your Splendid Embroidery? Browse Our Embroidery Flowers
This article reviews several simple flower embroidery patterns to enrich your potential and make your projects shine!
Here is the Super Label Store‘s collection of useful embroidery knowledge for our readers at the beginning of their embroidery journey.
A quick tip: tackle “24 Eco-Friendly Ways to Organize Embroidery Floss” on Crafting a Green World, and you will never have to worry.
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How to make embroidery flowers
The goal is to put your dreams into practice, so let’s get down to business.
How to do embroidery flowers? It’s a big one.
Unnati Silks suggests starting one of the patterns of a rose embroidery they mention on their website, by beginning at the center of the flower. In another pattern, you are supposed to kick off from the outer side of the petal.
In this paragraph, we will go through embroidery stitches for flowers to grasp the idea of making these delightful works of art.
There are plenty of ways to create embroidery flowers. We can’t wait to share them with you in the paragraphs below!
Image source: The Spruce Crafts
Let’s start by drawing inspiration from the cute instructional video “Hand Embroidery for Beginners: 10 Types of Flowers”
Impatient to start? Here’s the first hand embroidery flowers guide.
Bullion knot rose
Let’s start with a “Bullion Knot Rose Tutorial” by The Spruce Crafts that you see above.
A great thing about this lovely small flower embroidery is that it’s simple but creates a strong visual impact.
The recipe for this project couldn’t have been easier:
- first, french knots or satin stitches in the center,
- then bullion knots;
Image source: Stitch Floral
Here’s what you will need to create the “Bullion Knot Rose Tutorial” presented by The Spruce Crafts:
|Embroidery hoop—size for practice cloth||A small square of cotton fabric for practicing (read the general guide through types of fabric and more specific types of cotton fabric);|
|Embroidery needle—size between 1 and 5||Six-strand embroidery floss|
|Small sharp scissors|
Before you get down to creating embroidery flowers step by step, get inspired by the fact that you can combine bullion roses with other florals, such as a woven wheel or lazy daisy (we thoroughly describe lazy daisy stitch on our blog about embroidery stitches).
However, even without mixing styles and stitches, you will be pleased with the simplicity of a single rose with a leaf or two.
Ready to give it a try?
As a rule of thumb, a bullion knot rose is composed of bullion knots. They grow in size as they move away from the center of the motif.
Image source: Pinterest
Bullion knots are similar to french knots, but there are a few extra steps to take.
You can work the outer bullion knots of your gorgeous rose with several more wraps—it will help create a bowed shape.
Here’s the full magic of a bullion knot rose described in the simple video by Knit & Stitch.
Watch “Hand Embroidery: Bullion Knot Rose Stitch | All over design”:
Cut a 12 to 14-inch-long, six-strand embroidery floss, thread it through the embroidery needle, and knot the other end.
- Now, bring the needle up through the fabric where you want the knot to place the top of the knot.
Don’t pull the needle through to either side. Instead, take it down through the fabric at what will be the bottom of the stitch and bring the tip up at the top again.
Wrap the thread around the needle tip as many times as it would take to cover the space. This wrapping should be solid, but don’t make it too tight.
Image source: Pinterest
Hold the wraps with your non-dominant hand and pull the needle through the fabric, and wraps slowly. Remember that the wrap shouldn’t be too tight.
Keep pulling the thread through your wraps until the bullion knot lays down on the fabric.
- Take the needle back down at the bottom of the knot.
Wrapping should be smooth and tight—adjust the way the knot lays with your fingers.
- Now, you are at the point where you can start creating a rose.
According to The Spruce Crafts, you should begin embroidering in the center of your flower design. First, stitch a small cluster of french knots or work several small straight stitches (keep them close together as in satin stitch).
Then, bring the needle up near the center grouping and construct a bullion knot that wraps part way around the center.
- It’s time to add embroidery flower petals!
Adding petals is, in other words, creating curved bullion knots around the rose’s center.
A word of advice: instead of having the end of each stitch meet up with the end of the previous one, slightly overlap the ends.
Along with the flower growing, your stitches should grow in size.
You have the freedom to adjust the look of your rose and its petals by altering the size and shape of each bullion knot.
Also, if you are working with variegated thread (since this flower embroidery pattern stitch uses a large amount of thread), watch the color placement for each petal.
Image source: Wonderfil
To complete your beautiful rose, just keep adding more and more bullion knots around the shape. Also, along with your stitches becoming longer, you may need a longer needle (such as a milliner’s needle), so have it at hand.
If you find that the stitches lift from the fabric more than you want, feel free to tack them down, as you would with couching.
Handcrafted embroidery is an exclusive, treasured art—it requires mastery and leads to exceptional results.
To be completely honest, hand embroidery is
- painstaking, and
- requires skill, concentration, imagination, dedication, and passion;
Of course, you can employ an embroidery machine to create simple embroidery flowers; it will be immediate and will require little effort, but we all know that the hand-executed craft gives an unparalleled impression.
Image source: The Spruce Crafts
It’s an open secret that there are innumerable ways to stitch a cute flower embroidery pattern.
If you are passionate about embroidery, have your embroidery kit at hand, and have a high appetite for creating a couple of embroidery flowers easily, look at our next recommended flower embroidery tutorial.
Image source: Unnati Silks
To make sun ray flowers, use straight stitches made around a point.
It’s easy to transform this flower to a 3D effect easily—all you need to do is cut the edges after securing the thread with simple back stitches;
- back stitches form the stem,
- straight stitches make the petals;
Petals get their density from the six-strands-thick embroidery floss.
Other amazing tri-dimensional embroidered flowers are:
- Tassel flowers,
- Fringe flowers,
- Loop flowers,
- Pom Pom flowers,
- Woven flowers,
- Cast on stitch embroidery flowers,
- Bullion stitch flowers,
- French knot flowers;
If any of the mysterious names above attracted your attention, share your inspirations with us!
If you laid your eyes on the Pom Pom Stitch, here is one useful tutorial to study on your way to finesse:
Lazy daisy Tulips
Another inspiration for easy hand embroidery flowers—Lazy daisy Tulips—comes from Unnati Silks.
It belongs to the family of detached stitches in the chain stitch family.
- use this stitch to make tulip flower patterns,
- employ it as a small part of a bigger flower, or
- use it as a filling stitch to fill up patterns;
The question is: how?
Image source: Unnati Silks
Let’s tackle our tulips then:
- Do a lazy daisy stitch first.
- If A point is the base of the lazy daisy, and B is the tail, after putting in the needle through B, bring it out through C at about a 90 degrees angle from B and 2/3rd the distance from A.
- Now, take the needle beneath the ‘tail’ of the lazy daisy without plucking the fabric. Then, put your needle in through D (it lies symmetrical to C).
- Is your finished tulip stitch as great as you expected? If not yet, start over! Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Herringbone stitch flowers (straight or reverse)
This pattern is great for various usages of embroidery stitches flowers:
- floral designs,
- border patterns (read “25 Beautiful hand embroidery border designs” on the Sew Guide), and
- attractive filling stitches;
Image source: Deep as Home
Herringbone stitch is worked between two parallel lines, which can be either imaginary or drawn on the embroidery fabric; you make a series of crisscrossed diagonal stitches between the lines, which show up as parallel rows of running stitch on the reverse side of the fabric.
For this stitch, use a very thin and long needle size (like 7 or 9).
If you are filling a design with herringbone stitch, place the stitches very close to each other. If worked with spaces between stitches, it gives a different effect.
Image source: Unnati Silks
There are three types of different stitches within the herringbone stitch (as listed by Unnati Silks):
|Tied herringbone stitch||Double herringbone stitch||Ladder herringbone stitch|
|To create this stitch, work the regular herringbone stitch between parallel lines. Thread the needle with a different thread and make a straight stitch over all of the crossed stitches in this pattern. You may add a bead between those crosses to pump up the appearance of your project.||To make this stitch, work each row with one color herringbone stitch. Then, employ a different colored thread to make the herringbone stitches between the gaps. This stitch does nicely for borders.||
You will make this woven herringbone stitch in two steps. First, make two parallel back stitch lines 1/4 inch or so apart in a stepped manner. Then, weave another thread through the running stitches.
Ladder herringbone stitch goes also by the name interlaced band. Embroidery RockSea describes this embroidery concept in detail.
French knot flowers
Among twenty various simple flower embroidery designs published on Unnati Silks, the cute French knots we are going to describe in this paragraph are among our favorites.
This stitch is versatile. You can use it to make many types of flowers. It’s most commonly used to fill the centers of easy embroidery flowers.
Speaking about favorites, we could not fail to mention these gorgeous
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Getting back to our adorable French knot flowers, let’s break down the method.
Set your embroidery hoop in your lap or wherever else you usually work.
With your non-needle hand, pinch the embroidery floss a few inches from where it exits your fabric. Hold it taut with your hand (the one that doesn’t hold the needle).
P.S. Craftsy explains “How to Make a French Knot” without fail.
Place your needle in front of this stretch of embroidery floss. Notice if the needle is in front of the floss, instead of coming from behind it. This simple observation will make the next step easier and prevent the knot from going awry in further moves.
Now, wind the embroidery floss around the needle once or twice, depending on the size of the knot you want. Continue to keep the tension of the floss with your non-needle hand to prevent it from uncoiling.
The first and most common way to ruin your knot is by using your needle hand to do the wrapping by getting all twirled up with your wrist. Avoid doing that if you want your project to survive in good shape.
So, as soon as you’ve wound around the needle, the coil should have been pulled nice and taut. Re-insert the tip of your needle near, but not into the same exit point on your fabric. Return at a point that’s a bit away from the exit point and keep your needle in this position without pushing it all the way through yet.
Your non-needle hand is pinching the length of the floss, remember? Now you can give the floss a little downward tug with that hand—this way, the coil will tighten up, and slide down your needle making a tiny bundle against the surface of the fabric.
Hold your coil snugly in position against the surface, and push your needle all the way through.
At this point, you’ve pulled your needle, and the embroidery floss trailing behind it, down through the center of the coil wrapped around the needle. It didn’t go this way? Then repeat until the entire process goes smoothly. Remember when we said embroidery requires a certain amount of patience? Here you are!
Image source: Craftsy
Fancy some handy tips on making French knots?
Here are five invaluable hacks to help you achieve better results in the French knots department (by Craftsy):
- Don’t wrap the thread more than three times around the needle.
Such a French knot made will not only turn out ungainly as you finish the stitch but also
- create inconsistent results as far as size goes,
- its loops can end up loose, and
- the entire knot will end up sitting loosely on the fabric, to be easily snagged or displaced while using it.
If you wish to create a big, textured knot-like stitch that sits up high off the fabric, what you are looking for is a drizzle stitch instead.
Image source: Pumora
2. Leave a little space between the beginning of the stitch and the place where you take the needle down into the fabric. It’s a way to make sure your knot doesn’t pop to the back of the fabric.
3. When you pull the thread through the wraps to the back of the fabric, do it slowly. Otherwise, you risk that the thread knots up on itself. You know these tiny, nasty slip knots that form in thread. They are going to show up immediately, if you pull the working thread too quickly. In the case of French knots, any extra knotting of the thread means the necessity to cut it.
4. Ensure the working thread is kept under tension until the last possible moment when it passes to the back of your embroidery fabric. It will not only help you eliminate the risk of any extra slip knots forming in your thread, but will also keep your wraps in place.
5. How about a milliner needle? Have you tried it? While you can work French knots with regular embroidery needles, a milliner needle’s eye has the same thickness as the shaft. This construction makes it easy to pass the needle through the tight wraps without getting hung up on the eye.
Image source: The Needle Lady
Are you excited enough to get down to making your own embroidery garden?
- spider web rose,
- blanket stitch flowers,
- butterfly stitches flower (butterfly chain stitch),
- satin stitched flower,
- close buttonhole stitch,
- pistil stitch,
- long and short stitch flowers,
- chain stitch filled flowers,
- cross stitch flowers,
- granitos stitch for flowers and rosebuds,
- bead embroidery flowers,
- ribbon embroidered flowers, and more!
Check out also “Embroidery Flowers—15 Easiest Stitches for Beginners” on Blog Treasurie.
Image source: YouTube
So, all in all, how do you choose the perfect stitch to represent your embroidery flowers?—asks Blog Treasurie.
Of all these creative stitches, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and go for basic embroidery stitches which are likely to yield the best results.
Also, you can sew embroidery flowers with beads and ribbon to achieve a 3d effect.
Simple flower embroidery patterns
At this point of our journey, we can say that we have an elementary “embroidery flowers how to” tackled.
How to fill our craftsy heads with new, exciting ideas? Let’s see what the options are.
Making hand embroidery flowers for beginners is generally based on using patterns.
So, for starters, browse through “Our Top 30 Free Embroidery Designs” on The Spruce Crafts for delicacies such as:
- Maidenhair Fern Pattern—to create a piece of artwork full of pretty ferns with ombre details involved,
- Desert Sun and Moon with the landscape full of exotic cacti (stitch this embroidery on a dark fabric for an effective desert sky illusion), download it for free from Crewel Ghoul,
- Hanging Sloth Pattern with a smiling sloth hanging from a flowering tree branch on Cutesy Crafts, or
- a cute flowery Embroidery and Print Pattern by Sarah Hearts—with an appealing vibrant-color printing on the surface of the fabric;
Image source: Pinterest
If it wasn’t enough, The Spruce Crafts has several other goodies!
Jump in to get familiar with these “20 Gorgeous Floral Embroidery Patterns.”
As underlined by the authors, flower embroidery ideas spread from vintage transfers to modern motifs, while remaining classy and popular throughout the years and ever-changing trends.
Have a look, for example, at “Housewarming Flowers Embroidery Pattern” by Knack Makings for the sole $10 on Etsy.
According to The Spruce Crafts, “bringing a bouquet as a housewarming gift is appreciated, but it only lasts a short time, while bringing an embroidered home sweet home message surrounded by its own bouquet is a gift for a lifetime!”.
The best way to show someone you care? Making a personalized embroidery gift!
So, use a pdf embroidery pattern included in the package, a neat step-by-step tutorial, and come up with your unique combination of
- fabrics, and
to make this project shine!
When this embroidery pattern is finished, it will look gorgeous on a variety of decorative products, such as
- handmade gifts,
- tote bags,
- throw pillows, or
- simply framed or stitched on thick paper;
Another pattern that we have found delightful is the “Photographic Cherry Blossom Fabric Pattern” by Oh Sew Bootiful.
Cherry Blossom Fabric Pattern Pack costs $13 and comprises a blurred background photo that you can stitch on directly. What’s more, it will create an illusion that your embroidery is part of a scene.
Just think about it: instead of stitching on plain fabric, you embroider cherry blossoms!
Image source: Oh Sew Bootiful
Each “Oh Sew Bootiful” fabric pack includes:
- the needle craft pattern, pre-printed onto 100% cotton fabric (tackle types of cotton fabric here),
- DMC color codes, and
- illustrated instructions for each embroidery stitch;
“Geometric Rose Hand Embroidery Pattern” by Brynn and Co that can be purchased on Etsy is another refreshing idea when it comes to embroidery small flowers.
This digital PDF guide includes:
- a supplies list,
- steps for transferring your pattern,
- a stitch guide,
- finishing touches,
- backing your hoop, and
As noticed by The Spruce Crafts, not all flowers need to look natural and organic. These roses are stitched beautifully with the use of satin stitch, and although stitched in a geometric style, they remain soft to look at. They look beautiful as a group framed in a hoop, but split them up or embroidered on clothing and they will still look gorgeous.
This pattern is easy to follow, so it can be purchased and put into practice by beginners. Useful “tips & tricks” for different embroidery skills and “visual stitch guide” are all you need to create this pattern!
Stitch-plant your roses on items such as
- tote bags, and
- whatever else you wish to embellish!