pistil stitch flower – embroidery tutorial

pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

The pistil stitch flower is great to embroider flowers from the side like in the pictures. Nevertheless, you can use more foundation stitches and make a full circle with it.

TIP: For the weaving part of this flower, it helps to use a blunt needle. You can also turn the needle and use the part where you normally hold the needle as if it was the pointy end. This way you don’t have to change threads and can use the pointy end as well as easily weave.

Of course, you can use the pointy end for weave stitches, too.  But be careful to not pierce the base stitches when you weave under them.

Set up the foundation stitches

First of all set up the foundation stitches. 4 or 5 is a good number of stitches. If you want to do a full circle the foundation stitches have to be an uneven number.

Make one stitch that is acting as the stem of the flower. Then embroider pistil stitches spreading outwards from that starting stitch.

Depending on how much weaving you want to be visible, make a very long pistil stitch. If you feel unsure if the pistil stitch knot stays in place, you can make a regular stitch and put a french knot at the end separately.

pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial

Weave up and down

Then, weave up and down around the pistil stitches you did in the first step. Don’t pierce the fabric – only work around the pistil stitches.

To end the weaving, stitch into the fabric at the end of a row.

I find it looks great to weave to half of the length of the pistil stitches.

pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
pistil stitch flower embroidery tutorial
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