3 Creative Ways To Embroider Woven Roses

Woven roses are one of my favorite types of flowers to embroider. They have so much volume and texture to them. Plus they look impressive and are very easy to create! So today I wanted to share 3 different ways you can use the woven wheel stitch to embroider some really beautiful roses.

woven roses embroidered on off white fabric

How To Embroider Roses

Getting Started

A few helpful tips before we get started:

  • Sometimes the marks will show around the embroidery, so it’s helpful to use a marker or pen you can remove.
  • I also recommend that you have an embroidery needle and a tapestry needle on hand. Tapestry needles have a blunt tip which will be helpful when you are weaving in and out of the stitches, preventing it from snagging the embroidery thread. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can also use the eye end of your needle to weave in and out of the stitches.
  • These look best if you use at least 6 strands of floss. You can also double up the thread and use 12 strands when you’re weaving in and out of the stitches.

Simple Woven Rose

This first rose is the most basic of them all, but it’s also the most classic looking.

woven rose step 1
  1. Draw a circle. Then place a dot in the center and draw 5 evenly spaced out spokes in the shape of a star.
step 2

2. Using an embroidery needle, make straight stitches along each of the spokes.

step 3

3. Come up slightly beside the very center with your needle and thread. If you have a tapestry needle, you can now switch to using that moving forward.

step 4

4. Begin weaving the working thread over and under the spokes, working your way around in a circle. I find it easiest to work counter-clockwise but you can do whichever direction feels most natural.

step 5

5. Continue working your way around the spokes, alternating under and over until you have entirely covered the stitches. Be careful not to pull the stitches too tight.

step 6

6. To end the stitch, place your needle and thread slightly underneath the edge of the stitches.

step 7 - fluffing up the rose

7. If you want to add more volume to the rose, you can gently fluff up the stitches using the eye of the needle.

step 8 - adding leaves

You can keep the stitch as it is or add some leaves around it. I used satin stitches for this example, but if you’d like even more ideas, this post shows several different ways to embroider leaves.

Open Rose With French Knots In The Center

This kind of rose reminds me of a Damask rose where you can see more of the center of the flower.

open rose step 1
  1. Draw a circle with an even smaller circle in the center of it. Then add 5 straight stitches, evenly spaced out around the smaller circle.
step 2

2. Begin weaving under and over the straight stitches in a circle. The first few stitches may feel a bit loose and unstructured. Try not to pull them too tight; you’ll have to carefully guide them around the circle.

step 3

3. Continue weaving under and over the stitches until they are entirely covered up.

step 4 - filling in the center of the rose

4. Fill in the center of the flower with French knots.

red open rose with french knots in the center

Lazy Daisy Woven Rose

This variation of the woven rose stitch uses lazy daisy stitches for the spokes of the flower instead of straight stitches. I like to use this method because the stitches look like small leaves around the flower. Start by marking the fabric with a circle with evenly spaced out spokes similar to the basic woven rose.

lazy daisy stitch step 1
  1. To make the lazy daisy stitches, come up with your needle and thread through the center of the spokes. Then place your needle back down where you came up.
step 2

2. Begin to pull the thread through but leave a small loop. Place your needle at the end of a spoke, catching the loop that forms.

step 3

3. Pull the thread until the loop tightens.

step 4

4. Make a small anchor stitch over top of the loop.

step 5

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all 5 of the spokes.

step 6 - woven rose stitch around the lazy daisy stitches

6. Using a contrasting thread color, begin weaving under and over the lazy daisy stitches.

lazy daisy and woven rose stitch

7. Stop before you completely cover up the lazy daisy stitches. Leave some of the lazy daisy stitches visible so they look like little leaves.

cast on stitch roses

And there, you have it; 3 different ways you can make these beautiful flowers! These are just a few ways, but there are even more. Learn how to make bullion knot and cast on stitch roses.

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