woven rose – flower embroidery (with video)
woven rose tutorial
The woven rose is a very simple and beautiful way of embroidering a rose or other round flowers. It looks even better when you use a thread with a gradient.
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 the foundation stitches
First of all 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.
Weave up and down
Then, weave up and down around the foundation stitches you did in the first 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.
Tips & tricks
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.