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This pattern is made up of a series of interlocking hexagons, joined in columns by a straight stitch; the pattern resembles a line of tulips with their stamens. 

It is a mid-scale pattern and works well in more organic designs.

Tulip (pattern) is generously sponsored by Justine Waugh


Use a mix of running stitch, double running/Holbein stitch and back stitch to follow a route to build up the pattern.


Staring from the centre, stitch the first three stitches.  Each stitch is over two intersections or two threads of the fabric.


Work the vertical stamen using Holbein stitch, then work a diagonal back stitch to start the outline.


Work the left edge of the tulip using running stitch and back stitch, changing to Holbein stitch for the right edge.


Stitch the vertical line in the centre of the flower in Holbein stitch, before stitching the outside.


Complete a vertical row in the pattern.


Bring your needle up two threads to the right of the tip of the last tulip and work a second row, starting from the bottom up.  This time the pattern should face in the opposite direction.


Continue with more vertical rows, each with the pattern facing the opposite direction.


Continue to fill the shape.

Tulip (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Common uses

A lozenge pattern that can be successfully blended with diamond or hexagon patterns.

Embroidery Techniques

Use different weight thread to produce shading within the pattern.


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.152
  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.71