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Stem stitch rose

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Make one or many French knots in the centre of the rose. Use two strands of thread, and wrap two or three times around the needle. Or you could use 2 or 4mm silk ribbon and wrap it once or twice around your needle.

Form the petals of the rose with stem or straight stitch, working in a circular pattern. Keep going back between the previous stitches as shown in the diagram.

Use a gentle, loose tension and work over a spare needle if you find that your tension is too tight – this  helps to raise the stitch up off the surface of the design.

Make less petals for a small rose and add more, if necessary, to form a large rose.

Stitch diagram is © Metz Press and Di van Niekerk.


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  1. Wavatar hina says:

    i love 2 make roses & flowers

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