Florals are a classic motif in embroidery, and tiny flowers are fun and pretty to create in your projects. The following three types of flowers are seriously minuscule, which makes them so very sweet. The entire cluster above is less than 1 inch at its widest point.
Tiny flowers can be added to fill out other floral embroidery patterns, but they're also good for adding to covered buttons, shirt cuffs and collars, and for creating tiny stitched jewelry projects. Or, you can stitch up your own miniature embroidered garden.
Equipment / Tools
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery needles
- Various colored embroidery floss
- 1/4 to 1/2 yard Needlework fabric, white cotton, other woven cloth, or plain white handkerchief
How to Make a Tiny Rose
Make the Center
Make two tiny parallel straight stitches that create the center of the flower.
Contrast Your Colors
Use a contrasting color to create the center of the rose if you wish.
Form the Petals
- Begin working your way around the center stitches using a tiny stem stitch which forms a circle.
- Continue working around the circle making it as large as you'd like.
How to Make a Tiny Daffodil
Make the Center
- Choose two colors for your daffodil.
- Start with a French knot.
- Create a loose French knot in the center of what will be the flower using the darker color.
Better French Knots
To achieve a slightly loose knot, don't hold the working thread too tight around the needle when pulling it through.
Stitch a Petal
- Then, form petals with three straight stitches.
- The first straight stitch is the longest one which is in the middle of the petal.
- Add two more shorter stitches on each side of the middle stitch to form a triangle.
Create More Petals
Add a total of five or six petals to finish your daffodil.
How to Make a Tiny Pansy or Iris
Stitch the Lower Petals
- Choose one or two colors for this style of flower.
- Start by making the lower petals.
- Start with two or three detached chain stitches to make the lower petals.
Stitch the Upper Petals
- To start the upper petals, come back up from the center of the lower three petals with your needle.
- Make one chain stitch on the far left.
- Instead of making the stitch that tacks down the top of the petal, bring your needle back down through the middle of the lower three petals and come back up next to the partial chain stitch while holding the yarn underneath the needle. By doing this, you've switched over to a blanket stitch, which you will work to forms the top fan of petals.
Styling a Pansy Versus an Iris
A wider fan represents a pansy and a narrow fan looks more like an iris.