How To Fill In A Circle Embroidery

The holiday season often comes around the corner! Have you already thought of a beautiful gift for someone? If not, I encourage you to look at these popular stitches to fill out a circle embroidery. You’ll surely be amazed at the various subtle designs you can make out of it. And even if it’s not a special occasion, you can hand it out to a friend.

Well, don’t you love a floral circlet pattern with one or two words that best describe him? Those mini circle embroideries make a unique necklace for your little kiddos or teens. But if you’re starting, stick with the basic design like flowers. No sweat!

How to Fill in a Circle Embroidery?

Fill in a Circle Embroidery

There is a myriad of embroidery stitches you can use for filling circle areas. These include but are not limited to satin, chain, weave, French knot, and seed stitch. All stitches have their weaknesses and strengths. There is no perfect stitch – it all depends on what you find is most appealing to use. I’ll cover them below to understand better what they are capable of providing.

What Stitches Can I Use to Fill a Circle?

What Stitches Can I Use to Fill a Circle?

Chain Stitch

You can use this versatile stitch for outlining or filling a stitch. It creates a unique, stunning finish when worked thoroughly together. Works excellent for composing letters or imitating knit outfits or stitches. There are more than thirty chain stitch variations available – enough to start your inspiration.

To fill in a circle embroidery, you’ll usually need to thread the needle with six strands. Then make a small chain stitch line. Begin from the outline until you fill out the entire design. You have two ways of filling a shape. Just ensure consistent stitches in one direction.

French Knots

You can view it as one of the simplest of all knots. But interestingly, it is also referred to as difficult to do and handle. That’s why apprentices often find themselves hating to do this type of stitch method. But again, it depends on where your patience and persistence bring you.

Besides being a decorative stitch, it is also famous for creating small dots to fill in circles. Either create flowers or any design you like. As possible, use an embroidery ring or hoop when carrying out the stitches. Couple it up with a needle with a small eye. Such variations you can produce include bullion knot and four-legged knot stitch.

Seed Stitch

Also known as rice stitch due to its resemblance to sprinkled rice grains. Seed stitch works for all shapes and makes use of a medium thread quantity on the backside. It can also cover any size. There’s nowhere to start better than this one to those looking for a simple yet fun way of filling a circle embroidery.

Create hordes of straight stitches in random directions. Start at one end of the circle, then stitch down to the other end. Fill the whole shape as you go. Here, you have two options for creating the project: single or double seed stitches. The single stitch provides a neater appearance. The latter is ideal if you’re using the seed stitch as stuffing below other forms of stitches, like satin.

Long and Short Stitch

Why not spice up your design with long and short stitch? You can typically use it for mixing two or more different colors – from light to dark or vice versa. Highlight or shade your subject while creating a 3-dimensional look. It makes the stitch highly unique. Works by creating a row of intermixing long and short stitches alongside small gaps.

It is considered the best filling stitches for large design areas. However, you can alternatively use it for letters or leaner spaces such as ribbons. Newbies can try making flower petals or any basic shape to provide you with free-flowing work. It gives a smooth surface stitch, which is another outstanding bonus.

Circle Embroidery Stitches for Texture & Color Options

Circle Embroidery Stitches for Texture & Color Options

Cross Stitch

While cross stitch has been around for years, its popularity is still intact. Mainly because of its simplicity and versatility. It is composed of x-shaped stitches with designs either modern or traditional. To start, you may want to switch between your designs to ensure it is positioned within the fabric.

Make a row of stitches from left to right. The size of your stitch depends on the fabric and thread you are using. But if you prefer modern-day cross-stitch embroidery, combine both the styles.

Fishbone Stitch

Another excellent filling stitch recommended for beginners. It allows you to create those decent finishes such as feathers and leaves. All sides are conversely filled while dividing the pattern into two sections. There are tons of variations available, including raised fishbone and open fishbone stitch.

To know where to do the stitch, draw a centerline or outline on the fabric. You can use up to six thread strands depending on the type of design you want to achieve. Fewer strands mean having a more refined look. And similar to most embroidery stitches, fishbone is best carried out in a frame or hoop.

Buttonhole Stitch

They were initially in use to strengthen a buttonhole, although connoisseurs also use it to fill in any shape lavishly. Also called buttonhole wheel stitch. You can perform it either beyond or closed together. Don’t worry about getting started with your stitches.

Begin in any place you want. Though usually, you can pick a point in the middle of the circular shape. You are not limited to the designs you can make. Whether heart, crescent, leaf, or the popular flower shape.

So, there you have it – the simple yet decorative stitches. Use any of them to fill in a circle embroidery and keep those beautiful artworks coming! Otherwise, use them as an outline or border. They can be as delicate or elaborative as you wish, with tons of adorable variations to whet your enthusiasm.

Embroidery Hoop & Its Types

Since it is circle embroidery, an embroidery hoop is one of your best stitching companions. It is not essential. But if you aim for even seamless stitches, you can always use them, mainly when doing cross-stitch. It helps you handle the fabric, keep a soldier stitch tension, and see the holes more visibly.

Embroidery Hoop & Its Types

You can find embroidery hoops in several forms:

  • Spring Tension: This is also ideal for tackling small designs. You can use it both for machine and hand embroidery. It keeps the fabric constricted and nice.
  • Screw Tension: Encourages ease of use with no distorted fabric or small screws to deal with. The screw enables you to adjust the tension on the hoop. It comes in various sizes, shapes, and materials.
  • Flexi Hoops: It gives a real wooden look at first glance, though it’s actually made from elastic vinyl. It also tends to hold the fabric enormously tight. Use it for framing. But talking about applications, it is quite hard to control.
  • Q-Snaps: It is a highly popular embroidery option for cross stitchers. This material is comfy and lightweight to use.

Can I Embroider With a Standard Sewing Machine?

Embroider With Sewing Machine

Embroidery machines are typically available at a quite costly price tag. So as an alternative, you can have your standard sewing machine to do the project. It specifically applies to beginners. Just an important tip, do not start with a big project. Test your stitch first since all fabrics, needles, and threads work inversely.

How Do I Use the Round Frame in My Embroidery?

You can use the round frame (embroidery ring) to maintain a smooth and flatwork output. It contains two metal or wooden rings designed to stretch the fabric lightly. To use, put your material over the smaller hoop, and then thrust the top. Circle it down around the bottom one. Straighten the fabric by tightening the nut while having the fabric. Make some adjustments if needed.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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