Whipped spider wheel stitch is a motif stitch where thread is whipped around straight stitches. These straight stitches are laid in the shape of a spider’s web.
This is NOT the same as the woven spider stitch where the threads are not whipped (wrapped around) but woven (goes up and down alternately).
Whipping produces raised bars radiating out from the center thus resembling a spider’s web. This creates textured looking motifs.
Other Names for this stitch:
Ribbed spider wheel
Raised spider’s web wheel
Back stitched spider’s web
Make straight stitches radiating from the center.
For the next step, use blunt needles as we don’t want to pick up strands of the fabric during whipping. If you don’t have a blunt needle, use the other end of the needle. This tip is usually blunt.
Come up in the middle and go under a spoke of the wheel so it looks like the thread is emerging from under it.
Now we start whipping. We are whipping clock wise but we will be going back one step and going forward 2 steps. The thread will go back over 1 and go forward under 1 and 2.
The thread has been whipped around 1. Next to whip thread around 2, we go back over 2 and forward under 2 and 3.
Repeat the steps.
The spider’s web shapes will be more defined after a few lines.
Continue wrapping. Make sure you don’t pull too hard as it will distort the web. At the same time, don’t whip too loosely around the stitches.
Make the spokes of the wheel the same length. This was done just for demo purposes on aida fabric so the spokes were not the same length. Aida is not ideal for this stitch.