Embroidering Allium Flowers

Follow this pattern to embrace the beauty of nature by embroidering a blooming flower, also known as an allium.

  • Each Allium forms a globe shape.
    Photo by Photo by Josui Yasuda
  • Each flower on the Allium has six petals, which open out from the center.
    Tracing by Satomi Dairaku
  • “Embroidered Garden Flowers,” by Kazuko Aoki includes 63 flowering plants studied over all four seasons.
    Cover courtesy Roost Books

A celebrated Japanese textile artist and avid gardener, Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread(Roost Books, 2017), by Kazuko Aoki brings the vibrancy and brilliance of the flora and fauna seen throughout her garden to needle and thread. Each of her patterns are presented with care and realistic detail including buds, blooms, roots, seeds, and accompanying insects for the plants. The following excerpt is from the “Rose” section

Family Amaryllidaceae / Scientific name: Allium / Also known as flowering onion

Native to the Northern Hemisphere

Height 1–5 feet

Bloom Time April to June

Clumps of small flowers form a globe shape, blooming like an exploding firework. Each flower has six petals, which open out from the center at regular intervals.



Fall 2021!

Put your DIY skills to the test throughout November. We’re mixing full meal recipes in jars, crafting with flowers, backyard composting, cultivating mushrooms, and more!


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