7 Techniques for Gorgeous Hand Embroidered Flowers

As soon as spring arrives, we’ve got flowers on the brain — hand-embroidered flowers, to be exact. And we’re not gonna stop at just one style. With these techniques, you could make a whole garden!

Woven Wheel Roses

Roses are a classic, but you can mix up the look of yours by changing the size, color and type of floss for a wide range of effects. Pro tip: Variegated , or multicolored, floss gives a unique ombre look without the extra work of switching up your thread.

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French Knot Rosettes

Whether you make single knots or a bunch of clustered ones, these little guys are a great way to fill space and add tiny flower buds. The secret to making them bigger or smaller: how many times you wrap your floss around the needle. That’s it!

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Long and Short Stitch Flowers

These stitches are super easy to master, since they’re basically just a bunch of straight stitches in various lengths. But the beauty is in blending the colors to form a flower with tons of depth and dimension.

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Wired Slips

Stumpwork is any embroidery that’s raised off the surface of the hoop, and wired slips are a specific technique that’s perfect when you want those petals to pop. Learn to secure a delicate wire border to fabric, then fill it in with thread to create the dramatic 3D effect.

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Mixed Media Flowers

For this more free-form style, experimentation is the name of the game. Start by fusing fabrics to your background, then layer on beads and surface stitching until you’ve got a look you love.

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Ribbon Rosettes

When you want a traditional look but still want to play with materials, grab some good ol’ ribbon. These rosettes are fairly simple to make and look gorgeous atop a more luxurious fabric like velvet.

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Satin Stitch Centers

While there’s an array of fill stitches to choose from in hand embroidery, satin stitches are the way to go when you need a solid area of color (like a bold center for your bloom). Outlining your shape with a simple back stitch before you fill it is the secret to success with these beauties.

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