I was shown how to work Kiko Flower by a lady from Japan. Her English was not good but she called it flower stitch because worked in a ring it can form a flower. True to skills handed on in the oral tradition I call it Kiko’s flower stitch because I have not seen it documented elsewhere. If you know Kikos Flower by another name, leave a comment as I would love to know.
Added Later: Mystery solved! I received an email from Queenie of Queenies Needlework pointing me to the books of Japanese author Sadako Totsuka who looks to be the inventor of this stitch. In Totsuka Embroidery book 8, the stitch is numbered 56, rather than named.
You need to know buttonhole wheel stitch and how to make a bullion knot to work this stitch. You can work 4, 5 and 6 petals of the flower easily. Instead of French knots for the middle you can also add beads.
How to work Kiko’s Flower Stitch
The step by step samples are in perle #5 cotton
Start with a detached chain stitch.
Keeping on a curve (as illustrated) insert the needle at the base of the chain stitch and bringing the point out on the outer edge wrap the thread under the needle to make a quarter of a buttonhole wheel stitches in a small fan shape.
On the outer edge insert the needle into stitches as illustrated.
Make a bullion knot to catch the stitches down.
This unit is what Kiko called a stitch and she worked them in units of 4, 5 or 6.
As you can see it makes a nice shape for a textured flower just ad some French knots or beads to the middle.
You can also create cascades with this stitch to create petals on a wisteria vine