cotton flower embroidery tutorial

cotton flower embroidery tutorial

cotton flower embroidery tutorial

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to capture the fluffy nature of a cotton flower with embroidery. Usually, I see this done with a more fluffy yarn than stranded cotton thread. If you want your cotton flower to be more on the softer or bigger side use more than one thread.

I used all 6 strands of cotton embroidery floss. This resulted in a fairly small cotton flower. For bigger ones, I would choose a thicker yarn like knitting yarn or tapestry threads made of wool. I know it’s kind of ironic that cotton yarn doesn’t make the cotton flower look fluffy enough.

I suggest testing out various threads to see which works best.

The fluffy part

The cotton flower is basically a very thick and larger bullion knot. If you are unsure and don’t get the hang of it, maybe try out a normal bullion knot first to practice the movements.

First step: move your needle one tiny stitch away from where the thread exits the fabric. Then stitch into the fabric and come back to the surface again where your thread begins. The space between both points should be very little. ALMOST push the needle through the fabric. The eye of the needle should be visible on the other side.

Then, pick up a large tapestry needle and stick it into the fabric right where your threaded needle exits the fabric. If you plan to make a bigger cotton flower and are using thicker threads other long objects like pencils or knitting needles create a larger diameter of your wraps.

Wrap your thread around the two needles (or pencil & needle). Make sure to always wrap both and not accidentally omit the needle.

Depending on the size of your needle and thread, wrap around 10-20 times.

Once you have finished wrapping, gently pull out the tapestry needle/pencil. Then the threaded needle through, just like with a regular bullion stitch.

Slowly pull the thread to the left to gather the wrapped thread in a circle. Then stitch into the fabric where you previously made a stitch on the right.

cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial

Fixating the fluff

Now, it’s time to stitch the wraps in place.

I used a thinner thread for this: 3 strands of embroidery floss. From the outside, stitch over the wrapped circle into the fabric in the center – without piercing the wrapped part. I like to start at the top because this is where the wraps hover over the fabric. This step helps to fixate the whole thing and makes it easier to find the perfect position for the other stitches.

As you can see in the picture, there are two ways you can approach these stitches.

  1. pulling the stitches very tight results in almost invisible stitches and the flower becomes more of a very 3D petal flower
  2. let the stitches slightly looser to make it look like a cotton flower
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
cotton flower embroidery tutorial
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