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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Tudor-Style Rose


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Just a short little post today to share with you the embroidery pattern for this Tudor-style rose. I figured you may as well have the pattern if you want it, before I go step-by-step through my stitching process, right? There’s a PDF version below, too, with four different sizes included.

Tudor-Style Rose Hand Embroidery Pattern

If you’ve been reading along lately, you know already that I’ve already embroidered a sample of this design. It’s worked in silk embroidery threads and goldwork (real metal) embroidery threads, but in fact, you can work the rose however you wish. If you worked it just in silk, for example, you could work all the petal turn-overs in straight satin stitch in a medium or light color used in the flower, and that would help establish the look of a turned-over petal, especially if the insides (flat parts) of the petals right under the turn-over are a little darker.

Silk and Goldwork Embroidered Tudor Rose

This is my finished version – perhaps not properly “Tudor” in its coloring, but it’s actually an element that will be used on a larger piece of ecclesiastical embroidery, and not really meant to be The Tudor rose, proper.

The PDF version below has four patterns on it: the original size, which is about 1.5″ round, and then a 2″, 2.5″, and 3″ version.

Tudor-Style Rose Pattern for Hand Embroidery (PDF)

Hope it comes in handy!

I’ll be writing a step-by-step stitching process on this in several parts, coming up later.

Feel free to check out my other free hand embroidery patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread!


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  1. Mary,
    Thank you for sharing the pattern! I will use it as a test piece to try stitching with gold thread for the first time.
    While searching the internet for ecclesiastical embroidery patterns (which are very difficult to find) I came across another version of a Tudor Rose from the Carpenter Cope of Salisbury Cathedral on the RNS website. http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/galleries Scroll to the bottom of the page. When I first came across that site, I was bemoaning the fact that I could never travel to the UK to have a chance to learn these skills. Thanks to you, I will be able to learn here! Your attention to small details such as the sharp point on the leaves are invaluable to making an outstanding piece.

    Thank you again for a great website!

  2. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I was happy to find out you will be showing us how your TR was created, as I’m still learning goldwork. I was even happier you provided the rose in several sizes! I look forward to making this to embellish a few different items for friends who participate in renaissance faires in various courtier positions, and for my friends who portray the queen.

    Thank you again.

  3. Thanks Mary! I’ve saved it and would really like to embroider it. I’ve done a two of these in the Tudor colors, red and a white but the designs were much simpler. You can’t imagine the projects I have stacked up – but then again, you probably can.

  4. Omg what to say…i was searching on embroidery..n i got everything on ur site…thank u very much for posting all this techniques n that also step bu step. 🙂

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