Embroidered spring miniatures: Mimosa. PDF pattern and tutorial

Hand embroidery mimosa

Honestly speaking, I'm yet to experience the spring mood here where I live, because the streets are still covered in snow and slush, sigh. But if miss Spring is not coming here, I decided it is time to take a step towards it myself!


What started as an idea for one little stitching “sketch” became a set of 6 miniatures and I'm ready to share them one by one :)

  1. Mimosa (acacia) flower

Now, I'm not a biologist and have always been bad with knowing plants' names and seasons, but as far as I know, the plants that are listed all bloom in spring. I checked on google, haha. But if there's any mistake. let's let it slip and appreciate these wonderful flowers :)

What I like the most about these miniatures is that you can finish one in an evening. Additionally, they all have different levels of complexity and sport various stitches, but thanks to the small size it doesn't get too difficult and stressful. So I think it is a perfect opportunity for small lighthearted practice, especially if you are a beginner.

Hand embroidered Mimosa tutorial


You will find the link to the PDF pattern at the end of the post.

Hand embroidery mimosa

Hand embroidery mimosa

Hand embroidery mimosa


I recommend using 1 strand of floss through the design. It is small, so using thicker thread might be too much unless you strive for extra raised and dimensional effect.

Hand embroidery mimosa

1. After you transferred the design to the fabric (I used a simple pencil) work the stems using stem stitch. Alternatively, you can use any other line stitch out there: split stitch or back stitch, for example.

Hand embroidery mimosa

2. Leaves can be worked in lazy daisy stitches.

Hand embroidery mimosa

3. Small leaves that sit on the stems are also worked using lazy daisy stitches. If you find them too “hollow” you can fill them in making an extra stitch inside, like I do here.

Hand embroidery mimosa

4. The flower blossoms can be worked in french knots or colonial knots, whichever you prefer more. I used 3 shades of yellow to add a bit of depth and variety of color and worked the knots in 2 strands of thread. Also, I found just one wrap around the needle shaft more than enough for this design. Two wraps will make the knots taller and sturdier. Place some of the knots directly on the surface of stems, so that they partially cover them, but still let the stem to peek through.


Hand embroidery mimosa

And that's all! Find some time in the evening (or morning), take 1 shade of green and 2-3 shades of yellow, and I promise you can stitch the whole thing in one go. Perfect for practice!


Looking forward to seeing your results :) In the meantime, you can expect the cotton flower miniature next. Hopefully, this week!