7 Flower Embroidery Tutorials You Can Master Easily!
Oh flowers! Mother Nature definitely made sure we have plenty to love and be inspired by.
And while some of us may have allergies to certain flowers, like myself, it’s still hard not to ignore just how beautiful they are. Their popularity is pretty obvious when you see them popping up in every type of art and design you can think of!
I’d love to show you how to stitch up some of these beauties so when you want to add them to your embroidery art or stitch journal you’ll know just how to do it.
I’ll go over 7 flower embroidery tutorials which are easy enough for beginners. You’ll just need to have some basics down, things like being familiar with hooping your fabric, using your needle & thread, that sort of thing.
If you’re new to this, then I’d recommend hopping over to my Embroidery for Beginners blog first.
The Flowers You’ll Learn:
While there are more ways than one to stitch up your flower embroidery I’ll show you how to do them using one method, for the sake of simplicity.
Remember as we move along that you may want to visit the clickable links for more in depth tutorials on different stitches you may need for your flower.
By the way, the number of strands I recommend work for the size of the flowers in my template but if you are using larger sizes you may need to use more strands.
If you need a template to follow along just download and print this free pdf file and transfer it to your fabric first.
It will fit a 6 inch hoop.
Flower Embroidery Tutorial 1: Roses
To create a rose, I’m going to use the woven wheel stitch which is so much fun and I think you’re going to agree!
The woven wheel works best if you use more thread so for this embroidery stitch use 6 strands. Make sure the eye of your needle is large enough to accept that.
And because you won’t be moving through your fabric as often you can use longer pieces of thread if you’d like. Just keep it manageable so it doesn’t get tangled.
Using your rose template, come up at the center and make a straight stitch to the edge of your circle.
You’ll do this 5 times as if you’re cutting up a pie.
Come back up near the center, then weave your needle and thread around these 5 straight stitch. Go over then under, over then under until you’ve covered your circle template.
Make sure you go around enough times to hide the tips of the straight stitches.
Go slow as you do this and don’t pull too hard. It will look better if your thread is just a wee bit loose. Adjust the thread with your fingers as you work your way around.
If you should run out of thread before you’re finished just push your needle to the back next to a straight stitch then return back up with your new thread near that and continue.
Next, add leaves with 2 to 4 strands of DMC #470 and use the basic fly stitch. Don’t forget that you can check out my fly stitch tutorial for in depth steps… it’s an easy stitch (and one of my favorites!).
Here I’ve used 4 strands… in my video tutorial I use 2. Using 4 strands will look fluffier and it’ll be quicker to stitch up, but 2 strands still looks quite nice.
Flower Embroidery 2: Daisies
These daisies are created using french knots for the center and lazy daisy stitches for the petals. You can start with whichever you’d like. I’ll fill the center first (and in the video tutorial I’ll start with the petals).
To create a french knot use 2 strands of DMC #307:
- Come up in anywhere in the center of your daisy then wrap your thread around your needle twice.
- Push your needle halfway back in and hold with one hand while the other gently pulls the thread tight until it hugs your needle. It should look like this:
Carefully pull your needle & thread through the back until you have a pretty little knot on top. Fill the entire center with french knots.
To create the petals make a lazy daisy stitch starting from the french knots. Use 2 strand of white or DMC #746.
- Come up next to the french knots then return to the back at the same place and form a little loop on top.
- Come back up at the tip of your daisy petal and go through your loop.
- Tie your loop down by returning to the back from the same spot but on the outside of your loop.
- Add your petals all the way around your daisy.
Flower Embroidery 3: Cosmos
For the petals, use 2 strands of DMC #603 and use the satin stitch to fill them in one petal at a time.
When I create the satin stitch I like to divide my shape into a few parts and fill them in. I guess it’s a bit more of a free style satin stitch.
You can follow the standard method where you fill the shape in from one end to the other or free style it like I do.
To fill the center, use 2 strands of dmc #726 and use the french knot with 2 wraps just as we did with the daisy.
Flower Embroidery 4: Thistle
Ready for a little thistle? This one is super fun because it has some 3D action, and maybe it’s just me but the top of the thistle reminds me of Beaker, from Sesame Street. Grab your DMC #470 and #311 and let’s go!
Start at the bottom of the stem and use dmc #470 to create a 4 strand stem stitch.
- Come up at the very bottom and return to the back a stitch length away.
- Leave a little loop on top so you can see where your needle is coming back up.
- Bring your needle halfway up near the bottom & to the left of your loose thread.
- Then gently pull your thread through.
Repeat until your stem is at the base of the flower receptacle. Then bring your needle up around the halfway point of the receptacle.
Leave your thread and needle in place because we’re going to go back to this after we prepare the petals in the next step.
Wrap your 6 strand DMC #311 thread around 3 of your fingers (keep your fingers loose) 12 times & cut. Also, the beginning and end of your thread should end up on opposite sides of your fingers.
Carefully remove thread from your fingers and center it on the bottom of your flower receptacle.
The thread and needle we left when creating the stem should be at the top.
Take your needle and return to the back at the base of your flower receptacle to hold down the blue petals. It only needs to be done once or twice.
Fold your petals up and use the satin stitch to form the receptacle. Bring your needle up at the top of your receptacle template on one end and return to the back at the other end to hold the petals up in place.
Use your fingers to nudge your thread in place as you add your satin stitch.
To finish your flower, cut all of the loops on top in half. Use your needle to separate the strands, then trim!
Flower Embroidery 5: Lavender
I love the simplicity of this next flower embroidery, the cute and dainty lavender flower. You’ll need DMC #470 and #3877.
Start with the stem and add the stem stitch just as you did with the thistle, only this time use 2 strands of DMC #470.
Next, use 2 strands of DMC #3877 and use lazy daisy stitches to add petals in groups of 3 along the stem.
- Create a little loop by coming up to the top of your fabric then returning to the back at the same spot.
- Bring your needle up at through the loop at the top of your flower and gently pull the loop tight.
Return to the back of your fabric just above your loop to tie it down. Repeat until you’ve added all of your flowers.
Flower Embroidery 6: Dandelion
Use the following DMC threads for the dandelion: #319, #898, #729, and #746.
Start with the stem: Use 4 strands of DMC #319 using the stem stitch.
Use 2 strands of DMC #476 and add a satin stitch to fill the center of your flower.
To make the fluffy white part use 2 strands of white or an off-white.
I made a little diagram of the outer part of the dandelion so you can see this a little better…
- Add a seed stitch to the small section between the ‘V’ on each tip. (1)
- Then add the fly stitch right below it (2).
- There should be a little gap left between the bottom of your fly stitch and the dandelion center for the seeds.
Finish your dandelion by using 4 strands of DMC #898 and add a seed stitch at the bottom of each fly stitch. Do this all the way around.
Flower Embroidery 7: Forget Me Not
It’s time for the forget me not. Grab your DMC #799, white, #726, and #898.
Start with the petal… use 2 strands of DMC #799 and add the satin stitch to fill each petal.
Use DMC #898 and fill in the center of your flower with the satin stitch. Leave a little bit of room between it and the petals.
Between each petal add a white 2 strand lazy daisy stitch. The loop part should be towards the center.
Finish it off by adding french knots around the center.
You now know how to stitch up 7 flowers using basic stitches for beginners, and if you ever need a refresher feel free to pin this post to your Pinterest board so you’ll always know where to find this post!
7 Flower Embroidery Tutorials Video
If you want to skip to a specific flower here are the time frames:
- Rose: beginning
- Daisy: 5:55
- Cosmos: 9:45
- Thistle: 13:05
- Lavender: 17:10
- Dandelion: 20:45
- Forget Me Not: 27:05
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