The woven spider wheel has become a new favorite in floral embroidery. Many embroiderers use them for stitching pretty roses – which is why this stitch is also called the woven rose stitch.
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Tips for neat woven spider wheels
For this stitch, you will indeed weave along a set of foundation stitches. To make this process easier, use a needle with a rounded tip to prevent catching the threads accidentally.
If you don’t have such a needle, turn the needle around and weave with the other side (where the eye of the needle is). In doing so, make sure to be careful with your fingers. Pushing the needle through with the sharp side facing your fingers can be hurtful. Speaking from experience here. this can be avoided by working with a thimble though.
For this stitch, I like to use thicker threads for the weaving part. This makes the process much quicker and the rose gets a bit puffier than with thin threads.
For bigger wheel spans you’ll find that the thread wants to take short cuts in the outer regions of the circle. Be careful to lay the threads around the existing woven parts so that the thread stays in the curve. If this is not working anymore, you might consider adding more foundation stitches for the outer region or use the stem stitch to work the last rounds of the rose.
The woven spider wheel embroidery tutorial
The movement of the needle is sometimes hard to get across with a sketch or photograph. Video is a great way for learning embroidery stitches. On my Youtube channel, you can find many more embroidery tutorials. Every Sunday, I publish a brand new embroidery stitch tutorial. To get notified when a new video goes live, subscribe to my Youtube channel and click on the bell right beside the button.
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If you want to see more embroidery stitch tutorials, you might like the embroidery stitch lexicon. You’ll find all 206 photo tutorials there. In addition, it also includes the stitch glossary where you can look for a specific stitch name with their translations and all of the brand new video tutorial posts!
If you are new to embroidery, I highly recommend the 7 days of stitches articles. It is a blog series where you can learn step by step and with a lot of explanations of how to do the most basic embroidery stitches.
Also, the beginner’s guide to embroidery helps you with all the other stuff like:
- which materials and tools you need
- how to attach the thread to the fabric before and after stitching
- what to do after stitching
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