How to do Shading on Petals using Long & Short Stitch

Flower petals have lots of shadings. You may find that it is a bit boring using single color thread to embroider them. I am going to show you using different shading of color threads to embroider flower petals by using Long & Short Stitch. It looks difficult, I guarantee that your practice and effort will pay off at the end!

There are 2 major ways to approach the Long & Short stitch – completing one petal at a time or stitch each layer of color of all the petals at one time. I prefer the later approach because it saves me time by not having to change different colors of threads from time to time.


How To Sew The Puffy Satin Stitch

Last time I'd demonstrated how to do the Bullion Stitch. You might notice that I used Fishbone Stitch to do the leaves. Although you might find the leaves looked pretty, you may think that they are too flat to go with the Bullion Rose.

So now I am going to show you how to do a puffy leaf using the Satin Stitch. A regular Satin Stitch is used to fill in a pattern and using a little trick you can make a Satin Stitch have life-like depth.

I will show you how to use a Long and Short Stitch to give shadings to your flower petals next week.

Use a Bullion Knot Rose and Add Depth to Your Design

Although it looks a little bit advanced, after  a little bit of practice, you can easily make a very beautiful and dimensional flower with the bullion knot.

A quick tip, if you want the petal to be curled up a little bit, make sure the wrapping is longer than the distance of the stitch.

How to Sew The Bullion Knot Stitch

Have you seen how a lot of flower embroidery is flat and boring?  This week, I am going to show you how to do a Bullion Knot Stitch which gives a three-dimensional feeling to an embroidered flower.  You can use this stitch on every single petal.  It is pretty straight forward, just follow my video shown below.

Next week we will apply this stitch to sew a beautiful rose.