Ever wondered how to embroider a fluffy thistle flower? It's easier than you think! I've written out instructions below, but it might also help for you to watch a video - so I've included the full-length tutorial at the end of this post!
I used three strands of DMC cotton embroidery floss. In the tutorial video below, I used DMC numbers 959, 3824, and 742.
You can use any fabric you like, but for this tutorial I used a linen blend fabric.
You totally do NOT need an embroidery stand for this, but I did for the tutorial video to make it easier to follow and am always asked where I got my stand! I got my Sonata Seat Stand from @hawthornhandmade.
You'll want a pointy pair of scissors for this project so you can get super close to your fabric when snipping off the fringe of the flower. I sell scissors in my shop! I prefer to use a longer pair of scissors for this type of stitch.
For this project, I just used a white gel pen to draw a curved line for my stem on the fabric; that said, there are tons of options for transferring a design to fabric!
Start by stitching your stem. In this video I used stem stitch, but you can use a variety of stitches to follow a curve (e.g., whipped back stitch, split back stitch, etc.). In the video, I'm using the bright pink color for this, DMC 3824.
Wrap floss around two of your fingers 10-15 times, forming a loop. I'm using the yellow color for this, DMC 742.
Insert another piece of floss into the loop you just created, and secure it with a knot. I'm using the blue color for this, DMC 959.
Secure your loop to your fabric using satin stitch. I'm using the blue color for this, DMC 959.
Finally, trim the fluffy part of your flower! Remember, you can always cut MORE away - so start long, and keep trimming from there until it's at your desired length.
Prefer to watch a tutorial? Me, too!
If full-length, stitch-by-stitch tutorials are helpful to you, guess what? Most of my embroidery kits come with private links to tutorials where I take you through your chosen project stitch-by-stitch!