AREA 7: Woven Tramé

By Mary Clubb

Threads Used:


Use 1 strand of Trebizond 4106 (My Thread ___________) for the foundation grid.

Use 2 strands of Waterlilies 219 Cardinal Red (My Thread ___________) for the diagonal stitches.

Note: I used two needles and laid one row of the foundation and then with the other needle added the diagonal stitches. I then went back to lay the next foundation row and add the diagonal stitches. The red sample shows four completed rows and the foundation row for the fifth row.

Comments on Stitch

There are a variety of woven variations that have many applications. For this piece, woven tramé will add dimension. It is a stitch that can be dramatic depending on the thread and thread color choices. If a dark value is chosen for the tramé thread and a lighter overdyed thread is used for the woven stitch, the area will take on importance in the design.

The woven stitch minus the traméd background becomes a very versatile stitch especially for backgrounds. It can add a soft texture depending on the thread chosen.

A bit more dramatic is the variation where long diagonal stitches are laid over the entire area, tied down by diagonal stitches over two intersections in the opposite direction.

Designer Biographical Information

Mary Clubb is a teacher, designer, lecturer and judge. She has taught for on the national level for ANG, EGA, NAN, and Callaway Gardens, as well as regional seminars, guilds and chapters. Some of her designs are “Log Cabin Tree”, “Lacquered Leaves” and “Tapestry Tulips”.