Ribbed Spiderweb stitch

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Ribbed Spiderweb Stitch

1 To begin with, we need to anchor the stitch. The easiest way to do this is by using the loop method, and stitching a tiny stitch just below the centre of the Ribbed Spiderweb stitch. This will be covered later on by the stitch itself, and so it will be hidden from view. Very neat, isn’t it!

Spiderweb stitch - Faby Reilly Designs

2 The next step is to build the star shape that will act as a frame for the stitch. For the standard Spiderweb stitch, it’s vital to use an odd number of “arms & legs” to stitch this star, otherwise the stitch doesn’t work. But for the ribbed version, it really doesn’t matter. The stitch works either way! So I like to use an even number of “arms & legs” for the ribbed version.

Bring the needle up through the fabric, in the centre of the stitch, then stitch 8 “arms & legs” clockwise:

Ribbed Spiderweb stitch 02

3 Push the needle back through to the front of the fabric, in the centre of the stitch. Now we can start working on the visible part of this pretty stitch – we’re going to weave the needle through the “arms & legs” of the star frame, with little backwards loops to create the “ribs”.

Let’s break it down:

  • push the needle under 2 of the arms
  • pull it out
  • do a backwards loop around the 2nd of these 2 arms
  • push the needle under 2 arms again (the one with the loop + a new one)
  • keep going: forwards 2, backwards 1, forwards 2, backwards 1, etc. until the “arms & legs” are fully hidden under the stitch.
Ribbed Spiderweb stitch tutorial 03
  • Tip: make sure that the weaving thread sits in a flat spiral around the centre of the stitch, and that each round doesn’t overlap the previous one. This will ensure that the “ribs” are smooth and neat. If the thread rounds overlap, the stitch will look a bit messy and irregular.

Happy stitching !!

Faby  xx

Fancy seeing it stitched in action? Here’s a video for you:


A selection of patterns with Spiderweb stitches that you might like:

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