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Woven wheel rosebuds

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Woven wheel rosebuds are a fun, simple, beginner-friendly embroidery stitch that you can create in just a few minutes. Unlike the woven wheel rose, which is used to create larger flowers and relies on five initial straight stitched spokes, the woven wheel rosebud is used to create smaller rosebud-type shapes and uses just three initial spokes.

In this post, I've provided step-by-step photo and written instructions; if a video tutorial is easier for you to follow, you'll find one at the very end (feel free to jump ahead!).

Photo of blue, pink, and yellow rosebuds stitched onto a dark purple fabric.
Woven wheel rosebuds are a fun and easy stitch!

Step 1: Draw circular guidelines.

For woven wheel rosebuds, I like to trace a small circle (e.g., using a coin or stencil) with an erasable transfer method. Although you'll likely cover this circle with stitches, it's possible that you'll see some of the transfer marks once you've finished - which is why I prefer to use an erasable method (such as a white water-erasable transfer pen).

Step 2: Stitch three straight stitches, all meeting in the middle of your circle.

You'll want to make sure that these initial straight stitches (which I refer to as "spokes") are nice and tight; although you can still do this stitch with looser spokes, it's much harder if they aren't tight from the beginning.

In this example, I'm using green for my spokes, but a different color for my "petals." If you're using a different color for your spokes and petals, this is the point at which you'll want to switch colors.

Step 3: Bring your needle up through your fabric, in between two of your spokes.

I like to bring my needle up close to the center, but not through the center itself.

Step 4: Without piercing your floss or fabric, weave your needle under your first spoke, over the next, and over the last.

Step 5: Continue this alternating pattern of weaving (over, under, over; under, over, under; etc.) until you've covered the spokes with floss.

When stitching the woven wheel rosebud, I like to pull my floss a bit more tightly on my first few passes - this looks funny at first, but helps me to build a nice base.

Here's what my rosebud looks like once I'm about halfway finished:

And here's what it looks like from the side:

Once I have a nice base, I'll pull on my floss less tightly and use my fingers to help guide it around the base itself.

When you're near the end of filling in your shape, you'll want to be careful with where you place your needle - if you snag your fabric or floss at this point, or pull too tightly, you risk unraveling all of your work.

Step 6: Secure your stitch.

Once you're happy with your rosebud, bring your needle just underneath your floss and through your fabric. Remember to be gentle when tying off your floss, so that you don't risk unraveling all of your work!

All done!

If you like, you can add a few leaves just underneath your rosebud - I didn't take photos of that part of the process, but do demonstrate it in the video tutorial below.

Video tutorial for stitching woven wheel rosebuds

I hope this was helpful, and I can't wait to see what you make! If you're brand new to embroidery, make sure to take a look at the beginner-friendly embroidery kits I have available in my shop! Happy stitching!


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