Embroidering Rose Flowers

Follow this pattern and guidance for a flawless embroidered Alexandrine Rose.

| January 2018

  • The rose is considered the queen of flowers.
    Photo by Josui Yasuda
  • This pattern is modeled after the "Alexandra Rose."
    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 Rosaceae / Scientific name: Rosa

Native to the Northern Hemisphere

Height 3–6 feet



Bloom time May to November

Considered the queen of flowers, these gorgeous blooms are essentially the main event in my garden. And their fragrance is exceptional. This pattern is modeled on a variety called “The Alexandra Rose.”






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