Stitch of the Month
October 2008: Ribbed Spider

by Lois Kershner

This month features a round Ribbed Spider stitch. This delightful stitch creates ridges and can be used to create a variety of shapes and effects. Some examples are the ribs of an umbrella or seashell, spokes of a wheel, a spider web, or the rays of the sun on water. Since our theme for 2008 is circles, our examples will create a round shape.

Ribbed Spider

Except for the sequence of the wrap around the foundation spoke threads, the Ribbed Spider is similar to the Raised Spider (August 2008).

Start with a foundation of straight threads that radiate from a center point. You can have an odd or even number of spokes. The chart below illustrates an even number of spokes going from one side of the circle’s perimeter to the opposite side.

Ribbed Spider Foundation Spokes

Begin wrapping the foundation spokes by bringing your thread up very close to the center between two spokes. Take your needle under a spoke, then wrap your threaded needle back over, then under the spoke. Move to the next spoke and again go under it. Then wrap over, then under this spoke. Continue around the circle in this way. The wrapped threads should lay smoothly next to each other without overlapping. Keep your wrapping thread tension even, so that the spokes remain straight, not pulled to one side or the other. Go all away around the circle until you reach the outer edge of the spokes. After wrapping over the last spoke, take your needle down next to it.

Ribbed Spider Chart

It is best to use a long thread to wrap around the spokes. If you run out of wrapping thread you can end it off by taking it down in a canvas hole directly under a foundation spoke. Bring your new wrapping thread up in the same hole.

Ribbed Spider Stitching Example

Variation on a Theme

October is the perfect time for a spooky spider web. After placing your foundation spokes, weave through them leaving space between the rows as shown in the illustration below. A sparkly thread adds to the holiday effect.

Halloween Spider Web

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