The ribbed spider web stitch creates an isolated element on the surface of your embroidery. The ribbed spider web has a lot of nice texture to it, and it’s a lot of fun to work! It can be worked in any type of thread – it looks great in thicker, chunky threads like perle cotton, but also works equally as well with stranded floss.
In the sample above, I worked the ribbed spider web with a perle cotton for the spokes (in yellow) and a variegated cotton floss for the wraps, using three strands of floss.
In this sample (worked in perle cotton), instead of using straight stitch for the spokes, I used detached chain stitch (daisy stitch) for the spokes, and left then half-way exposed. You can see this sample worked up step-by-step in this article in the Stitch Play series.
You can also pad underneath the spider web stitch to raise it up a bit, if you want a little more height to the stitch.
The ribbed spider web is a whole lot of fun to work, and is a great stitch to add to your embroidery repertoire! Here’s the video below. I hope you enjoy the stitch as much as I do!
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