lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

You might wonder what the name of this flower is all about. In 2011, I saw a stitch tutorial for a pretty cute embroidery stitch. The author thought she invented the stitch and later found out it was an already existing stitch. However, she called the stitch lentil stitch – which I find quite fitting. And this stitch stuck with me and I wanted to use it for something ever since.

The lentil stitch’s official name is circular Rhodes stitch – just in case you wanted to know!

Stitching the center

For the center, you embroider a circular Rhodes stitch. It is very similar to the regular Rhodes stitch which is worked in a square.

Make one straight stitch from top to bottom, then go up again right beside the first stitch on top.

Make the second stitch by sticking the needle on the left side of your previously made stitch. Continue to create stitches clockwise. Make sure to embroider each stitch very close to the previous one to cover up the fabric nicely.

lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
rhodes stitch tutorial

Add the satin stitches

Now, it’s time to fill the flower with color, shall we?

It helps to mark at least the top-bottom and left-right axis to act as a guideline for stitch directions.

Spreading satin stitches evenly around a circular shape can be a difficult task so I like to stitch like this:

Embroider in segments. Make your first 2 stitches at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Then, embroider more stitches half way between those, then always make more stitches half way of each segment.

If you are confident in your stitch directions, you can easily omit this step and satin stitch around the circle.

You don’t have to cover up the entire circle. It is ok to leave the outer circle a little bit more open since we are going to stitch over it in the next step. Just make sure that the inner circle is covered up completely.

lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

The blanket stitch border comes in

For finishing the flower add a border of blanket stitches now.

I like to use a second color for this. In my tutorial I’m using a darker shade of the main color. A lighter shade or even contrast color would look great, too!

Begin with the first blanket stitch just as shown in the picture. Then stitch around the whole flower. If you alternate between longer and shorter stitches your flower will look more organic and vivid.

If you left the satin stitch a little bit more open towards the outer circle, now is the time to use your blanket stitches to fill the gaps. Try not to pierce the satin stitches by doing so.

lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
lentil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
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  1. Very nice I will do it

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