Woven Trellis Stitch

This is a rich looking stitch, used especially to make flower petals. The weaving done to make this stitch gives a dimensional effect. It is a common stitch used in needle weaving style of embroidery and kamal kadai from India.

This stitch is done between three straight stitches.

Fig 1: Make three straight stitches of equal length, or with the middle stitch slightly longer. Try to give them a common centre point, as illustrated. Fig 2: Bring the needle out from the common centre point. Start weaving by taking the needle under the first and last laid threads.
Fig 3: Then, turn around and this time, take the needle under the middle laid thread. Fig 4: Repeat the process. Do not pluck the fabric underneath. The only time you take the needle through the fabric is when you start and when you end.
Fig 5: A finished woven trellis would look like this. Since the middle stitch was a little too long, the top looks a bit clumped.
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  1. Ana van Bosch Netherlands Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This is called Tenerife Stitch aka Kamal Kadai. Trellis / Woven Trellis is a different stitch altogether 🙂

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Dear Ana,

      There are stitches that are known by different names. Many times they get confused with each other.

      To the best of my knowledge and research, this stitch is the woven trellis stitch. The Teneriffe embroidery and Kamal kadai (meaning `lotus embroidery`) are embroidery forms that uses this stitch.

      This stitch can incorporate more than three spokes through which the weaving is done. (I have used only three spokes in my illustration here). The number of spokes must be odd. After the weaving, it eventually gives a wing or petal effect.

      However, if you can share your version of trellis or woven trellis stitch with me, I would be glad to study it and do the corrections here, if required. 🙂

      Thanks for the information.


  2. Ruth Carman-Esser United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    this looks like Teneriffe embroidery, which I learned from the book "Vanishing American Needle-Arts". Teneriffe can be done over an uneven number of straight stitches, from three to seven in number, I think.

  3. Vigneshwari India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Hope you are doing well. This is really an awesome site to learn embrodiery. Can you please tell how to do embrodiery work on unstiched blouse.


  4. rasha India Google Chrome Windows says:

    this is very nice.can you add some embroidery patterns to your blog.pls

  1. March 18, 2014

    […] For another set of instructions for detached woven picot stitch, visit Pintangle. She also teaches a variation that is attached to the fabric by only one stitch, so it is pointed at both ends, called closed base needlewoven picot or needlewoven picot leaf stitch. You can also make three straight stitches in a fan, attached at both ends, for a fully attached version called woven trellis stitch. […]

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