Spider Web Stitch

The Spider Web Stitch, which looks as its name implies, is used for conventional embroidery for filling spaces, within circles or between scrolls.

To work:

Secure three or four threads of silk across the space, crossing at the center; then beginning at this line of crossing, weave under and over these threads as they radiate from the center, in a spider web fashion, until as large a web has been made as the space requires. Alternate the weaving of the under and over stitches on each radiating thread. See illustration below.

Spider Web Stitch
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To make the cross lines or radiating lines of the web, fasten the silk to one side of the space and carry it across to the opposite side and catch it, twist the silk in the needle several times around this straight thread back to the middle, then carry it across to a point at right angles to the first line and catch it to the edge. Twist back to the middle and carry on across, to the opposite point. Twist to the middle again and, if there are to be eight radiating lines, carry it to a point midway between two of these already fastened, and proceed in this manner until the eight lines are in place. When the silk is brought to the center for the last time, then form the web, after which the silk is twisted back on the first line made to the starting point, which completes the entire stitch. When the web is made as described above, the thread is not broken until all is done.

This stitch is frequently used in lace work, but is also applicable to embroidery, where it is effective for conventional designs.

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