Make life a little lovelier with this unique
rose design! Stitch freestanding petals on water-soluble stabilizer,
then rinse to leave only the thread, and construct your flower. Soft
shading brings beautiful depth and dimension to this design!
Begin by stitching eight pieces of freestanding lace
onto heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer using 40 wt. rayon thread for
best results. Make sure to sew two of each of the four petal pieces
(labeled with "a" and "b"). Once you're done stitching, rinse and dry
each piece completely. (Here's more on stitching freestanding lace).
The rose will be assembled on a piece of wire.
Cut a piece of 12 gauge floral wire to 10" in length using a wire
cutter, and curl the end with a needle nose pliers.
First, take the single petal piece (labeled with a
"d"). Slide the wire through the sewn eyelet, and make sure the curl
ends up resting against the wrong side of the lace. Fold the petal with
wrong sides together, and line up the opposite edges. Using a hand
sewing needle, sew the edges together about 1/2" from the bottom of the
petal. Then sew the petal onto the wire loop.
Next, add the two petal piece (labeled with a
"c") onto the wire, making sure the wrong side of the lace is
resting against the first piece. Use a hand sewing needle to sew the
two petal piece to the single petal piece. This will keep the petals
from falling off of the wire or spinning.
After they are attached, fold the two petals up
around the first lace piece. Overlap the petals slightly, and hand sew
them together where they overlap.
Now add the first of the smaller, four petal
pieces (labeled with a "b"). Make sure the wrong side of the lace
piece is resting against the previously added pieces. Hand stitch
the new four petal piece to the two petal piece.
Fold up the petals, and overlap them about 3/8"-
1/2", and hand sew then together where they overlap.
Then repeat to add the second small, four petal
piece ("b"), and sew it to the previously added petals. This time
overlap the petals by 3/8", and hand sew them together where they
Next, add the first large, four petal piece (labeled
with an "a"), and sew it onto the attached petals. Fold up the petals,
and overlap them by 1/4", and hand sew them together where they overlap.
Finally, add the final petal piece, and hand sew
it to the other petal pieces. Fold the petals up, but this time, do
not overlap them. Instead, hand sew them together side by side with
just the edges of each petal touching.
Using floral tape, begin to wrap the wire stem. Take
the two lace leaf pieces (labeled with "e" and "f"), and add them to the
stem as you go, wrapping their stems with the floral tape to hold them
onto the wire.
Your rose is complete! Craft these unique
flowers for those you love, and let beauty bloom all around you!