How to Stitch Tiny Flowers

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    Stitching Tiny Florals

    Stitching Tiny Embroidered Flowers
    Stitching Tiny Embroidered Flowers. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    Florals are a classic motif in embroidery, but they're also a bit of a trend. Whether you want to stitch some flowers because they are popular now or because you've always loved them, today you can learn how to make them really, really tiny.


    These flowers are seriously miniscule, which makes them so very sweet. The entire cluster above is less than 1 inch at its widest point!


    You might be thinking, why would you want to embroider such tiny flowers? Well, they make a good addition to other florals,...MORE but they're also good for making covered buttons and lots of small jewelry projects. You could even add some flora to shirt cuffs or collars.


    I'll be showing how to form three types of flowers: roses, daffodils and pansies (which can also be made into irises). 


    The itty bitty buds, leaves and stems in the grouping can be stitched with small straight stitches and french knots. 


    When choosing colors, go bold and bright or more subdued. You can even do some floss blending to get a variety of colors running through your flowers.


    When working this small, it's best to use only 2-3 strands of floss. However, in the examples that follow, I've used all six strands and it still works.


    After you've learned how to make a few flowers, you can also experiment with making other types and arranging them into your own miniature stitched garden!


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  • 02 of 04

    How to Make a Tiny Rose

    Tiny Rose
    Tiny Rose. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    Call this a rose, a marigold, or any other full blossom. When you're embroidering your own flowers, you can decide what you've made! 


    To make a tiny rose, start with two tiny parallel straight stitches. This will be the filled center.


    Begin working your way around the center with stem stitch. Take tiny stitches, forming a circle. Continue working around the circle until it reaches the size you want. Finish with a stitch that goes down and overlaps on the inside of a previous stitch.


    Try mixing this...MORE up with a contrasting color for the center.


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    How to Make a Tiny Daffodil

    Tiny Daffodil
    Tiny Daffodil. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    Daffodils have a very dimensional quality, and while this embroidered version is fairly flat, it still conveys the look of the "cup" in the center. You can work this in one or two colors.


    To make a tiny daffodil, start with a loose french knot for the center. To achieve this, don't hold the working thread too tight around the needle with pulling it through. You want to create the slightly sloppy knot that you normally try to avoid.


    Form the petals with three straight stitches. The first should be...MORE the longest and will be the middle of the petal. Add two more stitches to make a filled triangle shape.


    Give your daffodil five or six petals.


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    How to Make a Tiny Pansy or Iris

    Tiny Pansy or Iris
    Tiny Pansy or Iris. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    This style flower can be adapted to be either a pansy or an iris, depending on how full you make each section. Try working in one or two colors.


    To make a tiny pansy/iris, start with two or three detached chain stitches, as though you are making part of a lazy daisy. This forms the lower petals.


    Come up from the center and make a single detached chain, but instead of tacking down the stitch, you will now jump over to blanket stitch.


    Go down through the flower center and back up at the top of the...MORE upper petal section, keeping the working thread under the needle. Form a fan of blanket stitch, working from the center of the flower.


    Making a wider fan of both upper and lower stitches will result in a pansy, while narrowing the fans looks more like an iris. 


    You can also add tiny, contrasting straight stitches for details that radiate from the center.


    Add some simple stems and leaves to your flowers, and you've just created your own embroidered garden!