woven rose with french knot center – flower embroidery tutorial
woven rose with french knot center tutorial
This simple variation on the woven rose is an elegant way to add some interesting texture to your embroidery pieces.
Just like the regular woven rose: 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.
The knotted center
I like to start with the knots in the center but you can easily start with the foundation stitches and work the knots over them. For this, you can use any knot stitch that you like. I use the classic french knot here (a colonial knot is an alternative). For the size of this rose, I used 6 knots – one in the middle and 5 surrounding it.
Embroider knot by knot until you covered the complete central area.
Set the foundation stitches
Set the foundation stitches. Use an uneven number of stitches like 5 or 7 to be able to weave around in circles later.
Regarding the size: with large diameters you will run into the problem that the woven stitches will not lay around in circles anymore the farther away you weave from the center. The thread will take a shortcut and instead of laying around the rose go straight to the next stitch.
You can add more foundation stitches at a certain point when this phenomenon occurs. However, I would try out which maximum size you can go with your thread and make it no bigger than that.
Thicker threads will be able to produce larger roses than thinner threads.
Weaving up and down
Then, weave up and down around the foundation stitches you did in the previous step.
It is very helpful to use a needle with a blunt tip. As an alternative turn around your needle and use the other side (where you thread the needle) for weaving.
Avoid piercing through the foundation stitches as it will complicate your weaving process.
Weave round and round until your rose looks the way you want it to be. I find the smaller version with visible foundation stitches does look great, too!
To end the weaving, stitch through the fabric right under a foundation stitch where you would normally go underneath the stitch.
If you pull the threads tightly, your rose will become bulkier and rise a bit. So if you want to achieve a flat rose make sure to weave the threads rather loosely and avoid pulling the thread.