How to hand embroider Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch in contemporary embroideryWhipped Spoke Stitch is also known as whipped ring, raised spokes, ribbed spoke stitch, and ribbed stitch. Most often you see this stitch worked in a circle with the foundation stitches referred to as spokes but you can work this stitch on a line of straight foundations stitches or use it to fill a shape.

Whipped wheel stitch is a close relative as Whipped spoke Stitch  involves laying down a series of spokes and whipping them. This produces a line or shape of ridged stitches. Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.

How to work Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 1Lay down foundation stitches of straight stitch, in the shape you wish to work. In this sample I have used a line of straight stitches worked in perle#5 cotton

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 2Bring your thread up at the start of the foundation stitches and slide the needle under one thread and thread it through. Move back to the start and slide the needle under two threads.
Pull the thread through and you have whipped the first spoke.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 3Note that the needle does not go through the fabric.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 4For the rest of the line slide the needle under two threads, pull it through and move back one thread and once again slide the needle under two threads.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 5Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress across the shape. When you have finished the first row take your needle through the fabric and return to where you began and work a second until the rows fill the shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 6Whipped spokes can be used alone as an accent stitch of colour or texture, or can fill a shape to produce a textured filling.

Whipped Spoke Stitch in the round
The spokes can be arranged around a ring, in a line, in a fan shape or a free form shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample I used it to work a small basket for a bunch of silk ribbon flowers. It is 6 straight stitches whipped with a hand dyed cotton #5 perle thread.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample the shells are created by fanning out the foundations stitches into a fan shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch arounda bead

In contemporary embroidery working Whipped spoke stitch around beads and found objects creates interest.

Whipped Spoke StitchIn this sample  donut bead is secured to the fabric using 8 straight stitches which were then whipped. I added a french knot at the base of each straight stitch. The thread in cotton perle #5.

As you can see there are many possibilities for this stitch to create either small embroidered motifs in a more traditional embroidery or interesting areas of texture in contemporary embroidery.  I hope you enjoy Whipped spoke stitch

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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How to hand embroider Woven Chained Bar stitch

Woven chained bar ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids. You need first to work a row of regular Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked follow the link to a tutorial.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread.

To weave the chain stitches

The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5. Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar 2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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How to hand embroider Raised Cup Stitch

Raised cup stitch is a fun and quick to work. As the name implies it produces a little cup that is raised from the surface of the fabric. As with many of these 3D stitches if you work this stitch using a thread with a firm twist such as perle cotton, it not only looks better, you can see what you are doing!

After mastering this stitch if you try it in thicker threads such as wool, chenille or even silk ribbon you will be surprised and I am sure delighted by the results.

If you add a bead to the middle of the cup this stitch makes great flower like shapes that can be arranged in sprays or to resemble hollyhocks.

How to work Raised Cup stitch

Raised cup stitch 1First work a foundation of three straight stitches arranged in a triangle.

From this point on you will not be stitching through the fabric so use a blunt needle to avoid splitting the foundation threads by accident. If you prefer you can change your needle at this point in the process. Using a tapestry needle also allows for experimentation with the threads you use such as chenille or novelty threads.

Raised cup stitch 2Pass the needle under the first bar.

Raised cup stitch 3Working in an anti clockwise direction first wrap your thread over the needle then wrap your thread under the needle as illustrated. (As you are working remember over, under, over, under, and so on)

Raised cup stitch 4Pull your needle through gently to form a loop which as you pull further becomes a knot on the foundation bar. The knots create the stitch.

Raised cup stitch 5Repeat this process working around the triangle

Raised cup stitch 6When you have completed one ring move to the second round by simply continuing to stitch between the spaces of the first row of stitches.

Raised cup stitch 7If you want this stitch to splay outward add a few more stitches to the ring by working two stitches into one space every 4-5 stitches. Different effects can be created by working higher or splaying out the cup.

Raised cup stitch 8When the required height is achieved weave the thread back down the side of the cup, take it to the back of the fabric and tie off.

As I said this stitch is really interesting if you try it in textured thread, chenille, silk ribbon or wool. Adding beads to the middle often makes this stitch sing.

The sample below contains raised cup stitch that has been worked in a mauve thread which is a mix of mohair and wool. These little mauve flowers have been tucked in a spray of flowers on a crazy quilt block.

Raised cup stitch on crazy quilting

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