You'll be surprised at how quickly a few simple stitches — back stitch, French knot, split stitch, and straight stitch — can create a beautiful, wearable garden.

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embroidered floral felt pins
CRISTIN MORGAN

This project from "Hoop Dreams: Modern Hand Embroidery" was reprinted with permission from Abrams Books.

This basic construction method can easily be used to make pins of different shapes and sizes. There's no pattern to transfer, so don't be afraid to experiment with different stitches and motifs to create your own.

Thread colors used for pin:

carnation (4 strands)

Ecru (6 strands)

Golden olive (4 strands)

Navy blue (4 strands)

Topaz (6 strands)

Finished size: Approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

embroidered floral felt pins
Step 1

Cut out two 3-by-3-inch squares of felt. Lightly mark a 1-inch circle in the center of one of the pieces of felt.

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embroidered floral felt pins
Step 2

To make the central rose, sew 3 straight circles in the center of the circle.

embroidered floral felt pins
Step 3

Surround the straight stitches with other slightly overlapping straight stitches, as shown. Continue overlapping the stitches, increasing your stitch length as the rose grows until it reaches the diameter of approximately 3/8 inches.

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embroidered floral felt pins
Step 4

The leaves on the left are made up of clusters of straight stitches. Start at the longest point and make a series of straight stitches to form a leaf shape. Bring the needle down at the same point for each stitch.

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Step 5

To make berries, sew a few French knots along the bottom of the rose.

embroidered floral felt pins
Step 6

To make the leaves on the right, sew pairs of short straight stitches to form tiny V shapes, stacked closely together.

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embroidered floral felt pins
Step 7

Pin the two layers of felt together.

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embroidered floral felt pins
Step 8

Split stitch around the marked circle to join the layers of felt. Finish with a few back stitchs through the back layer, pass your thread between the two layers of felt, and trim.

embroidered floral felt pins
Step 9

Use a pair of sharp fabric scissors to trim closely around the split-stitched border.

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embroidered floral felt pins
Step 10

Use a hot glue gun to fix the bar pin to the back of the felt pin. (You can also stitch the pin in place, but this is best done before joining the layers of felt together.)

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