‘Wheel’ Be Learning How to Create the Woven Wheel 😉
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.
Quick Notes About the Woven Wheel
- The woven wheel is super easy and great for making nice round flowers.
- 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.
Let’s Begin! 😊
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:
It’s Time to Start Weaving!
Bring your needle up close to the center. It doesn’t matter which section you start in.
Then just start weaving over and under each of those 5. Continue weaving around and around until you’ve completely covered your template.
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.
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.
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:
And here l I’ve covered the tips which makes it look much tidier. Finish off your woven wheel stitch by pushing your needle to the back.
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.
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!
I hope you enjoyed this embroidery stitch tutorial and found it easy & fun! Feel free to pin this so you can find this post easily 😊
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I’d love to see what you make with the woven wheel or any other stitch you learn here, so please tag me on Instagram or message me if you’d like.
I’ll be comparing the open fly stitch and the open fishbone stitch in my next embroidery stitch tutorial so you can see how they differ as they’re being used to create leaves. See you then!
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