How to Embroider Roses 3 Different Ways

Roses are my absolute favorite thing to embroider because there are certain stitches you can use that look 3 dimensional. When I first started embroidering, these were some of the first more challenging stitches that I tried out because I was obsessed with how they looked! There are three stitches that I use that work well for roses: rose wheel (aka woven wheel stitch), cast on stitch, and bullion stitch. I’ll be going over each one in this embroidery stitch tutorial today!


Embroidered Rose 3 Ways

Here is a video I created of how to do both the cast on stitch rose and the bullion knot rose, as well as two ways to embroider leaves!


Bullion Stitch

bullion knot stitch
  1. Pull your thread through the back of the fabric and pierce halfway through with your needle below the first stitch. Come back out where the thread is coming out of the fabric.
  2. Twist your thread around the tip of the needle 5-8 times depending on how much space you left between the needle and thread.
  3. Pull your needle and thread through the twist you made and then secure your thread by going down through the base of the cast on stitch you made.

You can make two knots for the center of the rose and work your way around the outside to resemble little petals with this stitch.

The same is true with the cast on stitch:

Cast On Stitch

This stitch is one of the primary stitches used in my sacred heart embroidery kits.

  1. Pull your thread through the back of the fabric and pierce halfway through with your needle below the first stitch. Come back out where the thread is coming out of the fabric.
  2. Make loops with your working thread and pull the tight on the tip of the needle. Make 5 or 6, depending on how much space you left between the needle and thread.
  3. Pull your needle and thread through the stitches you made and then secure your thread by going down through the base of the cast on stitch you made.

Rose Wheel

how to embroider a rose step by step
  1. Make five straight stitches all sharing a center point, evenly spaced around a circle.
  2. Come up through the back of your fabric near the center of the “star” you just made and start weaving in over and under around the stitches.
  3. Do this until you have covered the 5 stitches and secure the thread by going back down through the fabric and securing under stitches or tying a knot.

Want to learn how to embroider other kinds of flowers?

Check out this other blog post:

Or if you’d like to learn how to thread paint flowers, check this post out:


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