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How To Make Cast On Stitch Roses

The cast on stitch is a fun stitch to use for making roses. This tutorial will show you how by creating a simple floral motif.

If you enjoy this tutorial, check out this page to learn many other hand embroidery stitches.

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How To Do The Cast On Stitch

I recommend using an embroidery stand when you are making this stitch because it’s easiest to do with two hands. Another helpful thing to have is a milliner’s needle or an embroidery needle.

cast on stitch step 1

Bring your needle and thread up through the fabric. Then, place your needle a short distance below where the thread is and insert the tip of the needle to the front of your work through the hole you initially came up. Keep the needle in the fabric.

step 2

Make a twisted loop with your working thread and place it over the tip of the needle. These stitches should be snug but not tight around the needle – it will be hard to pull the needle and thread through them if they are too tight!

step 3

Continue making these loops and placing them over the needle until you have a stack of stitches.

step 4

Pinch the stitches with your thumb and forefinger and pull your needle and thread all the way through.

step 5

You may have to adjust the stitches so there isn’t any loose thread and they lay on the fabric to your liking.

step 6

Place your needle and thread down through the base of the stitch to the back of the fabric to secure it.

Cast On Stitch Rose And Floral Motif

Now let’s put it all together. Embroidering a rose shape with leaves and flowers is a great way to utilize this stitch. Cast on stitches add a lot of texture to your embroidery and look like 3-dimensional flower petals.

Stitching The Large Rose

stitching a cast on rose step 1

Start in the center of a circular shape and make 2 cast on stitches beside one another.

step 2

Begin making stitches around the center 2 stitches. It’s easiest to work your way around in a circle, making stitches until you have filled in the entire circle.

step 3

Bet sure to slightly overlap the start and end of the stitches so they lay more like petals.

Stitching a Smaller Rose

stitching small rose step 1

You can use less thread and draw a smaller circle to make a small rose. I used 3 strands of embroidery floss for the yellow rose.

step 2

Stitching the Leaves and Greenery

embroidering the leaves step 1

Add some leaves surrounding the stitches to make them look even more like roses.

step 2

The floral motif above uses satin stitches and fly stitches for the leaves.

floral rose embroidery motif

The small stems and branches use the back stitch and detached chain stitch.

Finally, the rose bud is stitched using a bullion knot.

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll love this tutorial for woven roses.

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