Art with My Needle ~ Week 23

Last week Fly stitch was the focus of the piece.  It was shaped like a letter Y.  Today by adding two further stitches, one at each side of the fly stitch tail it will form the base or spokes of a web.  Weave over and or under the spokes until the circle is filled.

Spider web stitch

When this stitch is used in Drawn Thread embroidery, the spokes are not all completely covered by the weaving, only half the circle is filled which gives the filling an open, lacy appearance.  For correct interlacing an uneven number of threads or spokes are needed in the foundation row.

A Ribbed Spider’s web has an even number of foundation threads or spokes which are covered with a continuous line of Back stitch, starting at the centre, and continuing round until the desired size is reached.

My sample above shows different sized wheels all using eight spokes, some are uneven in length.

Different effects can be achieved with the many threads available today, from those manufactured specifically for hand embroidery, knitting yarns, those drawn from fabric or sacks right through to raffia, twine and ribbons used for gift and floral ties.

12 thoughts on “Art with My Needle ~ Week 23

  1. Mrs. Eat The Blog

    I’m really enjoying the tutorials on various embroidery stitches. Seeing them actually stitched is so much more helpful than a book. I have a very old copy of the Anchor Encyclopedia of Needlework from which I learned, but this is a new stitch to me.

    I’m about half an hour from finishing a tablecloth I simply didn’t like after the first week of working on it. I’ll be glad to see it finished. My little boy wants me to embroider a chart of the Periodic Table for him. Do you know, I’m actually considering it? So hard to say no to them 😉

  2. Grannymar Post author

    Mrs E,

    a chart of the Periodic Table is a great idea. Down the years I also used children’s drawings as a basis for needlework – they last so much longer than the paper version stuck on the fridge or kitchen cupboard doors.

    Now you have given me an idea for next week! 😀

  3. Grannymar Post author


    Your eye with the camera would be sufficient to let you see pattern and shape. The rest is trial and error.


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