Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch

Raised cross stitch flower sample 6I am always a little surprised when people are unaware of this stitch. Raised cross stitch flower is quick and easy to do and these little rose like flowers are  ideal to add to all sorts of hand embroidery projects.

Raised cross stitch flower is also know as whipped cross stitch because a foundation of cross stitch is whipped around in a circle.  You can also use this as a silk ribbon stitch and many novelty threads come to life with this stitch.

How to work Raised cross stitch flower

Raised cross stitch flower 1First make an upright cross. Bring your needle out at the centre of the cross, under the cross bar and on the right hand side of the upright bar.

Raised cross stitch flower 2Commence whipping the bars of the cross by sliding your needle under the right hand spoke and passing the thread under the bar without picking up any fabric. This will whip the first spoke.

Raised cross stitch flower 3Turn your work 90 degrees in a clockwise direction to the next bar of the cross and repeat the action.

Raised cross stitch flowerContinue around the cross in and clockwise direction.

Raised cross stitch flower 5As you work, pack the crossbars fairly firmly by pushing them to the centre in order to create a neat little round disk.

Raised cross stitch flower 6When done take the thread to the back as illustrated.

This sample was worked using perle # 5 cotton however experiment with threads as this stitch looks good worked in thicker threads and fine ribbon.

Novelty threads often look interesting so this is a stitch you can experiment with. You can also add a bead in the middle of the flower if you want to.

Raised cross stitch flower sample 1To demonstrate this I have worked this stitch in a few different threads.

The first is a light weight cotton knitting yarn that has a metallic blending thread through it.

This thread has the same thickness as a perle #3 cotton

Raised cross stitch flower sample 2
This next sample is 6 strands of cotton floss. Since this thread is readily available most people have it but most people don’t think to use 6 strands of it!

Raised cross stitch flower sample 3
You can use silk ribbon in and add a quick rose to silk ribbon embroidery. This sample is worked in 4 mm silk ribbon.

The last sample is a type of knitting ribbon. It is also about 4 mm wide and the ribbon is actually a tube. I call it tubular knitting yarn. It is very effective on this stitch too.

Raised cross stitch flower sample 4


In the crazy quilting sample below the yarn was a crimped synthetic knitting yarn which looked like a type of chainette. You can see some of it threaded through arrow stitch, along the edge of lace.  The colour worked well on the block so I used it for roses too!

Experimentation leads to some interesting discoveries so have fun with it!

Raised cross stitch flower sample 5

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20 Responses to Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch

  1. Sally Scott-Robinson says:

    Thanks for posting this. Because your lovely, clear photos made it so simple to follow I now have a very pretty bunch of roses

  2. sharonb says:

    Hi Gail – sorry I am puzzled as there is no ric rac here – both samples have laced stitches the top is laced chevron and bottom is laced arrow stitch

  3. gailllc says:

    Sharon, I’ve tried to figure it out, and to track it down but I can’t be sure, so I have to ask instead: what was used to couch the rickrack on the cq sample you showed here? Thanks! Gail

  4. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, My second post in the week. Now, stitch 61. Thank you all 🙂

  5. Annet says:

    I’m slowly catching up. Today I wrote about my diamond stitch experiments, they are inspired by Barbara’s experiment with diamond and herringbone stitch:

  6. Annet says:

    Another new stitch for me, I think I already know where to use it. Now I only need to find the time!

    Today I wrote about a fabric book page with woven detached chain stitches:

  7. Good evening, everyone. I went a little crazy with this stitch.

    More later, Mary


  8. Faith says:

    I actually got to this week’s stitch pretty fast.

  9. Debbie says:

    Caught up – relief! – here are my samples of stitches 59 to 61

  10. latha says:


    Here is my design with past 5 week’s TAST stitches – Breton, Feathered buttonhole, Woven detached , Diamond and Raised cross stitch.

  11. Carol Harper says:

    Here are mine for raised cross stitch flower: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/04/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-stitch-62-and-a-mitten.html

    I enjoyed playing with different types of thread… love how the look changes!

  12. Pamela says:

    Here are my samples for the raised cross stitch flower – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/04/500th-post-and-tast-62-raised-cross.html
    PS This post is my blog’s 500th post!

  13. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my post for the stitch 60. Thank you all for the support.

  14. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Full of hayfever/Sinusitis, so, before it gets any worse – I started and finished my sample!
    Wow!! I’m first 🙂

  15. Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing this stitch Sharon. So cool! I will definitely be using it more in the future.

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