Make one or many French knots in the centre of the rose. Use two strands of thread, and wrap two or three times around the needle. Or you could use 2 or 4mm silk ribbon and wrap it once or twice around your needle.
Form the petals of the rose with a stem or straight stitch, working in a circular pattern. Keep going back between the previous stitches as shown in the diagram.
Use a gentle, loose tension and work over a spare needle if you find that your tension is too tight – this helps to raise the stitch up off the surface of the design.
Make fewer petals for a small rose and add more, if necessary, to form a large rose.
Stitch diagram is © Metz Press and Di van Niekerk.