Woven Wheel Stitch Tutorial

embroidered rose made with the woven wheel stitch

Woven Wheel Stitch Goes Around & Around

Fall is here and I’m feeling that chill in the air, especially at night, but I prefer cooler weather so I welcome it! I will miss the flowers but they’ll be back before I know it.

Speaking of flowers, I listed a floral embroidery pdf pattern in my Etsy shop which includes the woven wheel and I always try to provide a link in my pdf’s for all the stitches needed to create my patterns.

While I used the woven wheel in my last post to create a rose, the post was a bit long since it included tutorials on how to stitch 7 different flowers.

I want to make it easy for you to find my woven wheel stitch tutorial should you ever need to find it again, so I’m giving it its own spotlight.

Tips for the Woven Wheel

  • The woven wheel is super easy and great for making nice round flowers, but don’t limit it to just flowers. The sky is the limit so have fun with it as with all other stitches.
  • Depending on the size of your woven wheel I’d recommend using at least 6 strands or more. Otherwise, you’ll be left wondering why it’s taking so long to finish your stitch and why your stitch looks more like a pancake than a flower.
  • There’s a lot of weaving and very little moving in and out of your fabric so it’s okay to use a bit longer thread than you normally use for other stitches. Still, keep the length manageable so you don’t end up with a tangled mess.

Step One

First draw your template. Draw a circle and divide it into 5 pieces like a pie.

Next, “cut up your pie” with straight stitches which should go from the center to the circle. Remember that a straight stitch is essentially a line that goes from A to B.

It’ll look something like this when you’re done:

circle divided into 5 with red thread

Step two: Start Weaving!

Bring your needle up close to the center. It doesn’t matter which section you start in.

needle coming up near the center

Then just start weaving over and under each of those 5. Continue weaving around and around until you’ve completely covered your template.

needle beginning a weave

If you see that you’re running out of thread end your stitch after you’ve gone over a line and push your needle to the back at the beginning of the next line. Then come up on the other side of that line with your new thread and continue weaving.

Step three: Finish

When you reach the outer edge make sure you’ve covered the ends of your lines so they don’t look out of place. My needle is pointing to the tips that are sticking out. Finish off your woven wheel stitch by pushing your needle to the back.


Adding Leaves

Now that you know how to create the woven wheel to make your lovely little flower you may want to pop a couple of leaves in there. It’ll add a little contrast and a bit more visually appealing.

There are several stitches to choose from to do that but if you want to keep things super easy, the just use the satin stitch.

embroidered rose made with the woven wheel stitch

How cute is that?!

Add a few more flowers or set your flower in a hoop size that’s more fitting and find a special little nook to hang it!

Tips to Make Your Woven Wheel Lovely:

  • Take your time (I think I say this for all embroidery stitches but it makes a difference)
  • Don’t pull your thread too tightly as you weave. It shouldn’t be too loose either. I sometimes hold my finger on top of the stitch as I pull the thread around to make sure I don’t accidentally pull too hard. You’ll see me do that in the video tutorial.
  • Use your fingers to nudge your thread in place as you work.

I hope you enjoyed this woven wheel embroidery stitch tutorial and found it easy & fun! See you in my next embroidery stitch tutorial!

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Woven Wheel with steps and crescent moons

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