Spiral Stem Stitch Tutorial (also known as Circular Stem Stitch) - And Other Adventures Embroidery Co

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Spiral Stem Stitch Tutorial (also known as Circular Stem Stitch)

August 16, 2018

And Other Adventures Embroidery Spiral Stem Stitch Tutorial

Another fun stitch that I use fairly regularly is what I like to call the circular stem stitch, also known as the rosette rose stitch or the spiral stem stitch.  Keep in mind that everyone has different names for different things when it comes to stitching.  But for the purpose of this tutorial and my patterns that use this stitch, I am letting you what I call them so that it is easy to reference.

Okay, so back to spiral stem stitch.

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1. As you can see in the photo above, I have drawn a spiral on to my fabric. I don't normally draw this on my own stitching, but I find this spiral visual to be helpful here in showing you the direction that the stitches will go.  So for your first try with this stitch, you can draw it to help guide you, but once you are comfortable it is completely unnecessary to draw it.


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2. From the bottom bring your needle up through the center of the spiral.


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3. There are lots of different methods to create the center of this stitch, but my usual go-to is a simple french knot with 2 wraps of the floss around the needle. 


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4. Once your french knot is in place, bring your needle up from the bottom right next to that french knot.


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5. In this first layer of the flower, you are basically going to do stem stitch working around the perimeter of the french knot.  In order words, bring your needle down at A and bring it back up at B.  Notice that the thread is tucked under the needle.


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6. Continue working this A to B pattern slowly around the spiral.


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7. Viola!  Here is what your completed spiral stem stitch flower will look like.



  • I like to keep the flowers small with this stitch because I feel like the bigger the flowers gets, the more texture it loses with this stitch. That is my personal preference, but I wanted to be sure to pass it along for you to decide. 
  • In this demonstration, I am use 6 strands of floss.  But I often vary the number of threads depending on how big the flower is and what kind of look I am wanting.
  • Definitely play around with the center of the flower.  Try a different color of thread or create the center with a collection of 5-6 french knots.  Changing that center up can create a completely different kind of flower.
  • If you want to see a video of me doing a spiral stem stitch, you can find one here (https://www.instagram.com/p/CewbtzyD82a/) on the @andotheradventuresco Instagram Page

 To read through all the other stitches in my library, click HERE.

3 Responses

Gaynor Button
Gaynor Button

September 15, 2021

What a wonderful visual tutorial – many thanks 😊

Laura Campbell
Laura Campbell

October 07, 2020

This is brilliant!! I have never heard of this stitch before :)


April 08, 2019

This is the best tutorial on this stitch and I’ve read and watched tons! Tried your method and got it on my first try. Not perfect but 100% better than other attempts. Drawing the spiral really helps. Thank you!!

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