Flower embroidery day 1: the round flower
Let’s start with the first part of this series: the round flower. What is the round flower? It’s created by spiraling the thread around a center point. There are several ways to do so, but all have in common, that they become either perfectly round or oval.
The woven/whipped spider wheel
This method works great with large and smaller circles. Really tiny ones are not possible with this stitch. First, you determine the size of the flower you want to make because this stitch can’t become any bigger than that. The foundation stitches will define how huge this flower will become. The whipped spider wheel creates a very even looking flower. The foundation stitches create a segmented look without an actual line dividing the texture.
When you spiral around towards the end, you will notice the previous stitches begin to cuddle and bulk together the more you add on the outside. If you want your flower to be flat, make sure to let the threads lay loosely and do not pull too tight. If you add more and more rounds to the flower the flower becomes more and more raised – creating a quite different effect.
The stem stitch rose
The stem stitch is mostly used for line stitching, but you can embroider it in a spiral and make beautiful flowers with it. With this method you can make as big a flower as you want, there is no limit. You can also make quite tiny flowers, too, if you stitch only 2-3 rounds.
Practice: The woven rose and the woven chain rose are used in the ‘love is all around’ pattern.
This article is part of the flower embroidery days. Go to this post for all flower-embroidery tutorials!