How to: 3 Easiest Hand Embroidery Flower Stitches for Beginners

Hand Embroidery Flower stitches are one of the most common things to embroider. The flower stitches do look quite complex and complicated but are actually very easy. Here are 3 basic hand embroidery flower stitches to get you making beautiful designs in no time.


This post is about 3 basic hand embroidery flower stitches for beginners.

Free Pattern to Learn Flower Hand Embroidery

Before we start the tutoriaI I would like to let you know that I have made a free downloadable pattern to learn how to make beginner hand embroidery flowers. The pattern is a PDF download that comes with a picture tutorial and step-by-step instructions. If that is something you would be interested in you can get the pattern from the link below

Free PDF Embroidery Pattern ~ Beginner Floral Edition

free embroidery pattern

Hand Embroidery Flower Stitches: Wagon Wheel Rose Stitch

The wagon wheel stitch is a common embroidery stitch used to indicate roses. It is a very simple stitch to learn and do.

  • 1. Start with a basic star shape outlined in chalk or a disappearing marker. There should be 5 lines. When making a wagon wheel rose there should always be an odd number of spokes/lines, if there is an even amount your rose wont work out.
  • 2. Bring the thread up from the bottom starting in the middle and use the thread to follow the outline.
  • 3. Once star shape is completed the thread and needle should be on the back of the fabric. bring up the needle to the front by putting in close to the middle but not exactly in the middle and just under one of the star branches.
  • 4. Once that is complete weave the thread over and under of the star, keep wrapping around until the star is fully covered by the weave.
  • 5. When you can hardly see where the original star outline was, tuck the needle under all the weaves and push it through to the back and tie it off.

The Finished Wagon Wheel Rose

Hand Embroidery Stitches: French Knot Rose Stitch

The French Knot stitch can be used for a variety of things in embroidery. My favorutire way to use it, is to make a rose by doing a series of little french knots.

  1. Pull the thread through from the back side of the fabric. Wrap the thread around the needle 2 or 3 times.
  2. Make sure that the wrapped around the thread is nice and tight. Pull the needle through to the back side. Make sure you hold the excess thread tightly.
  3. You should now have a little french knot
  4. To make this look more like a rose. add more french knots in a cluster
  5. Then add a Stem. You can find a tutorial for hand embroidery stem stithces in this blog post The 5 Most Useful Basic Hand Embroidery stitches to Learn for Beginners

This type of hand embroidery stithc can take a while to master, but once mastered it is one of the fastest and easiest stitches to do, and you can make beautiful design swith it.

Hand Embroidery stitch: Lazy Daisy Stitch

  1. Draw a rough outline of a flower.
  2. Then pull the needle and thread up to the front of the fabric. Make sure to pull it up through the middle of the flower.
  3. For one of the flower petals, weave the needle through the fabric. Start in the middle and end where you want the singular petal to end.
  4. Then wrap the thread under the tip of the needle and pull the needle through. You should now have a petal shape. Do not pull it too tight.
  5. Next, pull the needle through by the tip for the petal and pull.
  6. Then start the process from the middle again. Continue until all petals are complete. Do as many or as less petals as yo want. I made mine look over crowded
  7. Add a stem

This one can be kind of confusing to learn and it might take you a couple of tries, so hopefully the picture tutorial will help you out.

The Finished Embroidery Flowers and Other Useful Hand Embroidery Resources

Those have been the main 3 basic embroidery flower stitches I would recommend learning first. They will take a little practice to master, but once mastered you can do almost anything with these stitches.

If you would like to learn stem stitches or other useful embroidery stitches see this blog post.

If you would like to try the free floral embroidery attern to help master these stitches see this blog post

This tutorial has shown you how to make 3 hand embroidery flower stitches. These stitches are versatile and can be used for many different designs in embroidery.

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