Here’s a quick little embroidery pattern, simple to work. It can easily be incorporated into a larger work instead of using it by itself. The stitches are simple and they would make good practice for “shading” with darning stitches.
Here’s the embroidery pattern:
The outline of the flower is easily worked in stem stitch. The inside of the petals are worked in darning stitch, which is simply a kind of running stitch, where the space between the stitches is usually smaller than the length of the stitches. Notice how the length of the filling lines vary, getting smaller than disappearing before they get to the center. This is a great way to create a “shaded” effect inside the petals. The center can be worked in French knots. This design would look great in wools.
Have fun with it!