A spider’s web – delicate and dangerous at the same time. It is a trap, but when you see how amazing it looks interpreted into thread and embroidered, you will only see its beauty. Web stitch variations include the whipped spider’s web stitch or ribbed web stitch. The threads of a web stitch which radiate out from the center look like the spokes of a wheel and can be as long or short as you like.
Web stitch has a dramatic effect on a piece of embroidery as it makes up into beautiful flowers or snowflakes or just a simple geometrical design. The colors can easily be changed to add variety and the size is adaptable too.
The design works best on an uneven number of spokes so the thread can weave in and under to form the pattern.
How to do Web Stitch Embroidery
Thread your needle with a single thread and knot. If you are having trouble getting the thick thread through the eye of the needle, read my article on how to use a needle threader.
Step one: Draw a circle where you want to embroider your web stitch.
Bring your thread up through the center of the circle.
Step 2: Draw 5 evenly spaced dots around the circumference of the circle and make five straight stitches out to the five points around the circle. This creates the five spokes of the wheel you are going to weave.
For larger circles you can make more than 5 spokes. Just make sure you have an uneven number.
Step three: Bring a contrasting or same colored thread up between two of the spokes.
This is the point where you will begin to weave your color around the five points of thread.
You do not pierce the fabric at this stage. The weaving takes place between the 5 threads on top of the fabric.
Step 4: Weave over and under each thread as you go around the spokes.
Step 5: Keep weaving around the spokes until you have the desired look. You don’t necessarily have to weave all the way to the outer edge.
TIP: Keep the thread tight at the beginning, but loosen up as you go along to prevent puckering.
Step 6: Finish off by passing the thread to the back and weaving your thread under the stitching.
There you have it. A beautiful spider’s web to entice comments and compliments about your embroidery.