Ribbed Spiderweb stitch

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1 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 – just because I can!

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

2 Push the needle back through to the front of the fabric, in the centre of the stitch. [NOTE: In the photographs, I’ve used 2 different colours of thread, to clearly show the difference between the two main stages to stitching this stitch, but it should really be stitched using 1 single colour]. 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.
  • 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.
  • FUN IDEA: try stitching a bead in the centre, once the stitch is finished – it’ll make it look even more like a pretty daisy!

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

Here’s a selection of patterns to practise the Ribbed Spiderweb stitch:

What do you think?

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