Cherry Blossom Embroidery Tutorial

Cherry Blossom Embroidery Tutorial

Who doesn’t love cherry blossom?

Although I love winter, I’m looking forward to spring now. I spotted a daffodil last week, and I’ll be keeping a close eye on the cherry trees round the corner from my house!

For a few weeks every year, those trees are the most beautiful thing ever, and I’ll be finding lots of excuses to walk past them!

To remind me of those beautiful trees and that spring isn’t too far off, I’ve had a little go at some cherry blossom embroidery.

I used stem stitch for the trunk and branches, and French knots and seed beads for the blossom.

If you don’t want to draw your own tree, you can download the one I used here.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

Cherry Blossom Embroidery

You Will Need

Fabric for the embroidery (I used a cotton linen blend), embroidery thread in pink and white, pink seed beads, a hoop for framing (you could also use this for the embroidering, although I found it easier with a larger hoop), felt for backing, sewing thread, needle, scissors, pencil.

I have some kits for sale for this project here on Etsy if you don’t fancy hunting down the stuff yourself.

Before You Start

I drew the trunk and the branches, but not the blossom. To make it easier to sew, I drew lines on the trunk that extended into branches.

If you are confident at drawing, you could draw the tree directly onto the fabric. Otherwise, have a practice on a piece of paper first, or download the one I used, then transfer the design to the fabric.

To do this, you could either use dressmakers’ carbon paper or a light box.

Embroidering the Cherry Tree

1. Using stem stitch and 2 strands of embroidery thread, start embroidering the trunk. Where you can, extend the lines of the trunk into branches. There’s a tutorial for stem stitch here if you need one.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

2. Where there are gaps in the trunk, fill them with stem stitch.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

3. Using 2 strands in a darker shade of pink, embroider some French knots. Sew some near the trunk and branches, and others in the space around them.

If you need a tutorial for French knots, there’s one here.

cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

4. Take the lighter shade of pink and sew more French knots near the branches and in the spaces. Try to keep a tree shape. Unless you want to make a tree with not much blossom, you will need to sew French knots past the ends of the branches.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

5. Add some French knots in white.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

6. Fill in the spaces some more with more pink, until you’re happy with how it looks.

7. Sew some seed beads in between the French knots. I used about 20 opaque beads and about 30 translucent ones.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

Finishing the Embroidery

1. Take the hoop you’re planning to use for displaying your embroidery. Remove the inside ring of the hoop and place it over the embroidery. Draw round it.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

I’d recommend doing this on the wrong side, which I didn’t do and immediately regretted it!

2. Using the same part of the hoop, draw round a piece of felt. Cut it out.

3. Trim the embroidery down to 2 – 3 cm away from where you drew.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

4. Put the embroidery into the hoop. Sew a running stitch around the excess fabric at the back and pull it tight.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

5. Sew the felt to the back of the embroidery.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knotscherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

Now you have a little bit of spring to enjoy all year round!cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knotscherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knotscherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knotsIf you’d like to buy a kit with all the materials included, I have some for sale on Etsy here.cherry blossom embroidery tutorial hoop art french knots

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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