Lavender: embroidered miniature

Lavender: embroidered miniature

Let's continue stitching our spring miniatures! Today we take on Lavender :)


This one is probably one of the simplest and I have to warn that the next miniatures are going to be a little more complicated, so take the opportunity to stretch your embroidery muscles!

Here's the full list from this project:

  1. Lavender

Today we are going to use only two stitches: split stitch and lazy daisy stitch. So if you're already familiar with them, this miniature will be just a piece of cake for you!

Lavender: embroidered miniature

Lavender: embroidered miniature

Lavender: embroidered miniature


Hand embroidered lavender tutorial


The link to the PDF will be at the end of the post.

Lavender: embroidered miniature

1. First, we stitch the stems of lavender flowers. I'm using split stitch and 1 strand of floss. Working split stitch with only 1 strand of floss can be pretty tough if you're not used to it, and the line might seem too thin, but in fact, it fits the design perfectly. Split the two merged fibers of the strand as you go. However, if you don't link split stitch, you can easily substitute it with any other line stitch.

Lavender: embroidered miniature

2. Still using split stitch and 1 strand of floss in the needle I'm filling in the leaf shape. First, the outline and then gradually filling it from the inside. I'm using 1 strand of floss here because wanted the leaf to have the same “weight” as the stems. But if you're okay with making it a tidbit heavier and speeding things up a bit, then you can opt for 2 strands of floss here.

Lavender: embroidered miniature

3. Now it's time to stitch the flowers themselves. I decided to work them using lazy daisy stitch. It's easy and fast, but if you want to add a bit of dimension and make it more realistic, you can use bullion knots like in the tutorial at the end of this post. I'm stitching the flowers with one color first...

Lavender: embroidered miniature

4. And then throw in the second shade, filling the gaps.

And your Lavender flowers are ready!

Lavender: embroidered miniature

It is VERY quick to stitch! You might break a record, haha. In the end, nothing feels as good as stitching a little something in just one evening :)



Next up is Primrose! Stay tuned!

28 comments

  1. This is really nice! What are the codes of the colors you used?

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  2. The colors I used are DMC 414 and 318 for the florals and DMC 647 for the stem :)

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    1. hello! i have these colors and they look much grayer than in the pictures. do they also look grey to your eyes?

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    2. Sometimes different screens show colors differently. The 414 and 318 threads are definitely not bright, they are very toned down

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  3. Hello! With which stitch are you filling the lavenda flowers gap? So the inside of the lazy daisy stitches? Thank you!

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    1. Hi! If a lazy daisy stitch looks empty you can make a simple straight stitch or two inside :)

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  4. I love this lavender flower. It’s hard for me to see the thread to ensure I’m getting the needle thru the center when I’m doing the split stitch but I keep practicing! I can’t wait to try the other flowers and even needle painting.

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    1. I'm happy you liked it! As for the split stitch, have you tried back split stitch? It looks the same but you pierce the previous stitch from above, which is usually easier. I have a tutorial here on my blog, you can find it in the Stitch Library :)

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  5. This is a simple and elegant design. I am struggling to figure out how many strands of floss you used for the flowers. Is it also one strand, as for the stems and leaf? Many thanks!

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    1. I used two strands of thread for the flowers! :)

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  6. When I print these they come out really small. Are they suppose to be 1 and a half inches?

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    1. yes, that's why there are called miniatures :) The size is adapted for working with 1-2 strands of floss, depending on the pattern.

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  7. Hello... Do you have a video tutorial?

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    1. Hi, Samantha :) for this tutorial there is no video. I have a Youtube channel with a couple of other tutorials though

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  8. do you use Mouliné Special from DMC? Thak you, the pattern looks amazing

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  9. Weird,
    it´s printing everything but the pattern. Although I see both in the pdf.
    Any ideas?

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    1. Hi, Cristina! I've just printed it and the pattern printed as well. I'm sorry, I don't know what could be the issue!

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  10. This is gorgeous! Do you have a mark up of which flowers you did with which thread? I can't seem to make it out from the photo.

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    1. Sorry, I didn't mark that in the PDF. I actually just did it in random order: first one color, then the rest in the second color. I guess you'll have to improvise a little :)

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  11. This is great ! I am a beginner and I had a hard time looking for free patterns with tutorials that are easy to understand and reproduce so this really helped me a lot. And it’s such a cute design !

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  12. How many strands of floss do you use for the lavender buds?

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