Woven Trellis Stitch Tutorial

Trellis stitch sampleWoven trellis stitch is a fun woven stitch that since it adds texture to a piece it can be an unexpected element that make a piece more appealing. With a bead added to the middle they look like flowers. They are also very effective if you use a hand dyed variegated yarn. If you want a contemporary feel work this stitch off the grid.

How to hand embroider Woven Trellis Stitch

Woven trellis stitch 1

With woven trellis you work a group of foundation stitches onto which you weave. Use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split them by accident.

Start by working 12 straight stitches  clustered in groups of 3 arranged radiating from the middle of a circle  as illustrated above.

Woven trellis stitch 2Bring the working thread up through the fabric at the middle. Using a a blunt tapestry needle begin weaving by sliding the needle from one side to the other, picking up the two outer threads skipping the middle thread. Pull the thread through firmly but not too tight.

Woven trellis stitch 3Turn the needle and continue weaving by sliding the needle from one side to the other, picking the middle thread. Pull your thread through and continue in this back and forth motion until you have woven the length of the foundation stitches.  As you weave use the needle to pack the petal so that it firm.

Woven trellis stitch 4Continue weaving until it is packed firmly to the base.

Woven trellis stitch 5Take the thread to the back and bring the needle out at the centre of the motif ready to work the next set of foundation stitches. Work until each section is woven and  take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.

Woven trellis stitch 6 This is a fun stitch which looks great if you use hand dyed or variegated threads and for extra zest add a bead in the middle. I hope folks enjoy Woven Trellis Stitch.

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15 Responses to Woven Trellis Stitch Tutorial

  1. Irena says:

    Wow. Like this stitch. Might use it on the collar of a blouse. Thank you.

  2. Annet says:

    I stitched a five petal flower on my pretty fabric sampler:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2014/07/woven-trellis-stitch.html

  3. Tenar says:

    I have done another old TAST stitch – Butterfly chain. It is here:

    http://tenar72.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/tast-20-butterfly-chain-stitch/

    I am working on a woven trellis sample, but this stitch seems so slow.

  4. queeniepatch says:

    I like all the woven stitches you have taught us so far, but this one is the ‘tamest’, sitting nicely anchored to the fabric.
    http://queeniepatch.blogspot.se/2014/07/tast-119-woven-trellis-stitch.html

  5. Anneliese says:

    I made my little sample of woven trellis stitches – anaslua2.blogspot.com

  6. Maureen says:

    A wonderful stitch to play with and I’m looking forward to using this one more often.
    I have also caught up with, and posted No. 118
    It was great to re-view everyone’s older work and inspires me to experiment more.

    http://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/

  7. I have posted my examples of 118 and 119. I had forgotten how nice woven trellis stitch was.http://carorose.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/07/tast-no-118.html
    Cheers
    Carolyn

  8. Annet says:

    This is the perfect stitch for one of my projects! Today I shared a few old samples of my woven trellis stitches:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2014/07/old-woven-trellis-stitches.html

  9. Angela says:

    I was eager to try this stitch as usual. I really like the woven stitches. http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  10. Andy LW says:

    Sharon – I really love this woven trellis stitch. I have just got some lovely hand dyed stranded cotton from Stef Francis and have to make a birthday card – perfect. Thank you so much.

  11. Hi Sharon,
    A lovely stitch. here are my earlier worked samples-
    https://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2014/25-119-woven-trellis-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

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