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5 Ways to Embroidery Flowers for Your Sweetheart

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Posted on January 13, 2023 by Melissa Galbraith
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Did you know that chocolates, greeting cards, and flowers are the top three Valentine’s Day gifts? Are you thinking of giving your sweetheart flowers for Valentine’s Day? According to the National Retail Federation flowers account for 37% of the gifts given on Valentine’s Day in 2022.

For those of us that are makers, it’s always more fun to create the perfect gift for our special someone, instead of buy it. So instead of purchasing just any old bunch of flowers for your valentine this year, use these five hand embroidery stitches to create your own forever floral bouquet! These flowers can last forever and will mean so much more because you made them. To know more ways to improve your embroidery, you can read several tips and tutorial blogs on The Artistry.

5 Ways to Embroidery Flowers for Your Sweetheart

Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch

The satin stitch is one of the most beginner-friendly stitches. This stitch creates a smooth, flat fill and is great for filling in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

To start the satin stitch:

  1. Bring your needle up from the back of the fabric to the front on one side of the flower petal.
  2. Then make a straight stitch across the petal to the other side. Gently pull the thread so that it lays flat on the fabric.
  3. Next, bring the needle up next to where the first stitch started. Make another stitch across the petal.
  4. Satin stitch should be close together and can even overlap some. Fill in each petal from one side to the other, creating a solid fill of color.

Granitos Stitch

Granitos

Granitos are seed-like stitches. They create a slightly raised oval that makes a lovely flower petal.

To make a granitos stitch:

  1. Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric on one side of the flower petal.
  2. Then bring the needle back down through the fabric on the other side of the petal. This creates a single straight stitch. Next, bring the needle back up through the fabric at the beginning of the first stitch.
  3. Press the thread off to one side of the straight stitch and bring the needle back down through the end of the straight stitch. Gently tug the thread so that it hugs the side of the straight stitch.
  4. Then repeat for the other side of the petal. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the beginning of the straight stitch, press the thread off to the unfilled side of the petal, then bring the needle back down through the fabric at the end of the straight stitch.
  5. Gently tug the thread so that it hugs the other side of the straight stitch. This creates one granitos stitch. Make more granitos stitches to add more petals to the flower.

Lazy Daisy Stitch

Lazy Daisy

If the name Lazy Daisy didn’t give it away, this stitch is another great flower stitch. Each lazy daisy stitch creates a looped petal shape.

To create a lazy daisy:

  1. Start by bringing the needle up through the back of the fabric to the front at the center point of the flower.
  2. Hold the thread towards the top of the petal. Then bring the needle back down through the fabric is the same hole, creating an open loop shape on the front of the fabric.
  3. Next, bring the needle up through the fabric at the top point of the petal, inside the loop of thread.
  4. Gently tug the thread so that the loop is flush with the fabric. (Don’t pull too tightly, otherwise the loop will turn into a straight line.)
  5. To finish the lazy daisy stitch, bring the needle back down through the fabric at the top of the other side of the loop.
  6. This creates a short stitch to hold the petal in place. Now you have one petal. Create more lazy daisy stitches to add more petals to the flower.

French Knots

French Knot

French knots are small dots or raised balls on the front of the fabric. They essentially create a knot. You can use individual French knots for small flowers or flower centers, and a cluster of French knots for filled in flowers.

To create a French knot:

  1. Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric to the front at the center of the knot.
  2. Next, lay the embroidery hoop flat on the table. With the hand that isn’t holding the embroidery needle, pinch the thread that is coming out of the fabric about 4 inches away from the fabric.
  3. In between where the thread is being pinched and the fabric, wrap the thread around the embroidery needle three times.
  4. Keep holding the thread in the other hand and bring the needle down into the fabric next to where it’s coming out.
  5. Gently pull the thread around the needle so that it’s flush with the fabric and taught around the needle.
  6. Then push the needle through the fabric and gently tug the thread until it knots on the front of the fabric.

Once you get the hand of French knots, you can change the size of the knots. For small knots, wrap fewer times around the needle. For larger knots, wrap more times around the needle.

Woven Wagon Wheel Stitch

Woven Wagon Wheel

The woven wagon wheel stitch is often used for roses. This stitch creates a raised round flower.

To start the woven wagon wheel stitch:

  1. Create five evenly spaced straight stitches that start at the outer edge of the circle and connect in the center. These are the spokes of our wheel.
  2. Next, bring the needle up through the fabric next to the center of the circle, where the spokes meet.
  3. Now weave the needle under and over the spokes of the wheel. The first few wraps around the spokes should be pulled tightly to fill in the center of the rose.
  4. The woven rows after that should be loose so that they fill in the rose. If the outer woven rows are pulled tightly, it will distort the rose shape.
  5. Once the circle is completely filled in, bring the needle back down through the fabric slightly underneath the last row. This will hide the end of the stitch.

The more strands of thread that are used to fill in the woven wagon wheel, the fuller the flower will be.

Have fun mixing and matching these stitches to create a gorgeous floral bouquet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! Just remember, embroidery is a slow craft that takes time, so don’t leave your stitching until the last minute.


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