"Spider Spoke"


There are at least two different ways to work this motif. You can weave a flat Spider or a raised Spider. You can cut the embroidery fabric away as is done in Hardanger leaving some fabric thread to wrap, or you can leave the fabric uncut, add the necessary perle threads to make the spokes and then make the Spider. You could add petals to the Spider as shown below.

This raised spider was created over fabric with cotton floss. The fabric threads are not cut to make this motif. The spokes are created in the same manner as discussed below. This spider was wound and wound until its reached the Satin stitches. It created a dome by packing in the whorls around the spider to the Satin stitched edges.

Raised Spider

This entire motif has been cut away from the ground fabric and added over Blackwork as a lozenge. This is like an Elizabethean slip that the English liked to use. The fabric threads were not cut under the spider.

Flat Spider with Petals

This flat spider has petals added to its edges. The spider or the flat circle in the center of the design was woven half way to the Satin stitches and then the petals were added.

The same color fabric is under this motif but if you look closely you can see they are not the threads the flower was made upon.

Cutting Diagram for the Spider

Each line represents a fabric thread. The gray lines across the fabric threads are to be cut and removed.

Cutting Diagram with some of the fabric threads cut and removed, some fabric thread left, and cotton perle spokes added.

Flat Spider

I like to make the spokes cross at the center of the spokes. It forms a neat little cross in the center of the spider as can be seen in the photo above. Its really cool to make the cross in the same directions as any Cross Stitches you have on your emboridery. That cross would be the green lines in the diagram above and below.

How to Make a Flat Spider

Perle cotton #8 is used for this design. The spider is placed inside the Kloster design.  You can try this same spider without cutting the fabric threads.

Two sets of three diagonal Straight stitches (light green lines) are added across the design. These fabric threads and perle threads are called spokes because we are making a spider or round motif.  I like to go up two fabric threads into the corner intersection of the Satin stitches to place these diagonal stitches or spokes.

Making the Spider