Woven Spider Wheel

This is a very easy, decorative and interesting stitch. The final effect resembles a spider web, thus, the name. It can be used as an embellishment stitch.

I will work between five straight stitches, though more numbers of straight stitches can be used. Just remember to keep odd or uneven numbers of straight stitches. Usually, five or seven straight stitches are preferred. I have not left any space in the center, but you can do so to bring about another effect.

Fig 1: First, use five straight stitches to make a star shape, as shown. Fig 2: Bring the needle out from the center.
Now, start weaving the circle around the straight stitches, by taking the needle under every alternate straight stitch.
Fig 3: Keep going around the straight stitches without plucking the fabric underneath. You will notice that you will be going above the stitches you went under, the last time. Fig 4: A finished woven spider wheel would look like this. The number of times you want to go around the straight stitches depends on how you want it. Each time, it will give a different effect. Here, I have almost finished going around the straight stitches.
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  1. Paula Google Chrome Windows says:

    I noticed that this stitch works well for small flowers.
    But for large flowers, the thread starts to bunch up as you make the rounds bigger and bigger.
    How do you keep the stitching from bunching up when you get to those larger outside rounds?

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Paula,
      I can ask you to try either of these two:
      1. Make more ‘spokes’. This will make sure that the distance between the straight stitches remain shorter even when the flowers get bigger, keeping the bunching in check. Make sure you have odd number of spokes or straight stitches.
      2. Use a thicker thread to weave…like wool.
      Then, certain stitches are better when used for smaller patterns. I had once seen a sample where the person had made bigger flowers with this stitch and the bunching actually added to the beauty of the flower. Need not work always though, especially if you are not doing to frame it but on a cloth with some practical purpose. Just let me know if either of these methods worked for you. 🙂

  2. Arak ash India Safari iPad says:

    What is the logic or concept behind using uneven lines??

    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      The logic is to keep the stitch sturdy. That is, if you look at eack spoke, you will see that the weaving thread goes up and down alternately, making this stitch possible. If it were even numbered spokes, everytime we go around weaving, we would go up the same spokes, and down the same spokes, whih is quite not what we want.

  3. Audrey France Google Chrome Mac OS says:

    Hello Sarah,
    we love the way you explain embroidery ! We are wondering if you would agree to share your knowledge with the French just by allowing us to copy your pictures and translate your text in French. Of course, there will be a link to your website as the author of the tutorial.
    I hope to hearing from you soon,


    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      Dear Audrey,

      Thanks. 🙂

      You may copy our pictures and use it for a translated tutorial with appropriate credentials.
      Sorry for a delayed response. Kids and travels kesp us busy.

  4. Ritee India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Dear Sarah,

    You have done a wonderful job in this site.
    All the stitches are very beautifully explained and shown.
    I am very inspired and wish to make a landscape using your intricate stitches to make various patterns.

    Kindly suggest which type of cloth is more suitable, dark or light colour to make a landscape piece. I have selected spring season to be embroidered. Please give your suggestion and any other inputs you feel fit.

    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful work.

    Best regards,

    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      Dear Ritee,

      Thanks. 🙂
      I am happy to know that you will be making a spring landscape. Hope you will share it with us.
      I can suggest and bright colors for your spring project. Say, green, peach, yellow or even blue. Pastel colors can also work nice if you use bright threads. White would also be nice and safe to use.
      Hope this helped.
      Season’s greetings.

  5. IrishSoonerMom United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    This stitch is even prettier when done with ribbon. Use matching floss for the spokes and then weave a thin piece of ribbon through the spokes. Comes out looking like a beautiful rose.

  6. rocksea India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    The spider wheel looks beautiful!! Will you stitch it on my tshirt? 🙂

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