Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

The last spring miniature is here! Today we are stitching lovely Wisteria. I hope we do justice to this beautiful flower :)


Working Wisteria wasn't the most difficult thing, but it had really worn me out! It's all because I couldn't decide for sure which stitches I would use here, so I tried with french knots first – didn't really like and picked them put – then tried with bullion knots – again I wasn't too fond of the result as it was too dimensional for my liking, so I picked it out – and lastly, I settled for lazy daisy and twisted chain stitches, and that's what left me satisfied.

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

The moral of this short story – don't be afraid to pick out your embroidery if you feel that something is not right. Trust your intuition! If I feel like something is off, but not sure what exactly, I put the work aside for a while taking glances at it from time to time until I decide what exactly is throwing me off and how to fix it.

Anyway! Time to remind you of all the tutorials from this series:

  1. Wisteria

Wisteria is not a complicated design to stitch (especially if you stick to the same stitches as me), so it is a nice way to finish the project after working more complicated Primrose and Tulip.

Hand Embroidery Wisteria Tutorial

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

1. This time we work the stem using back stitch. I wanted to use it because it has a bit of a similar look with the “spine” of fly stitched leaves. If you want, you can whip it to add a bit of texture or use any other line stitch for that matter.

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

2. Fly stitched leaves! I used just one strand of floss when I stitched them, If you want to make your job easier and quicker – go for 2 strands of floss. It will also be a bit more dimensional.

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

3. Now, wisteria is an incredibly beautiful plant, if you ask me, and I was really afraid to not do it justice... It was really difficult to find the most fitting stitches for this case. But although I didn't settle for neither french knots nor bullion knots, that doesn't mean you can't use them!

As for me, I decided to go for detached twisted chain stitches....

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

4. ...and lazy daisy stitches. In my case, it was just a spontaneous mix, no real strategy or pattern – I just scattered them randomly.

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

5. As for the colors, I used 3 for each of the limbs. The lightest shade was used on all of them, so it united them a bit despite different palette between the center and the sides.

That's all. Here's the tutorial:

Hand embroidered Wisteria: Free PDF pattern & tutorial

Here's my attempt at bullion knots for this miniature, if anyone's curious. It was just too dimensional for me compared to rather flat leaves.


And thus the series come to an end! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Such lighthearted practice is what many of us crave for, isn't it?


Which flower did you like most of all? :)