How to work Whipped Wheel Stitch

whipped wheel stitch sample 3Whipped wheel is also known as whipped spider’s wheel, raised spider’s web wheel, ribbed wheel, back stitched wheel, and back stitched spider’s web. All of these names do little to indicate how much fun this stitch can be. It would be one of my favourite textured stitches. If you look closely at much of my stitching you will find them tucked into all sorts of places.
whipped wheel stitch sample 1

How to work Whipped Wheel stitch

Whipped wheel creates a ribbed disk that can be worked on an even or uneven number of spokes.

step by step how to work whipped wheel stitch 1Start with a single fly stitch. Each side of the fly stitch tail add two straight stitches of equal length. You should have a circle which has five ‘spokes’ to form the foundation.

step by step how to work whipped wheel stitch2Bring your thread up at the centre of the wheel.
From this point onwards your needle does not go through the fabric so use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
Slide the needle under two threads and pull your thread through.
step by step how to work whipped wheel stitch 3Move back one stitch and once again slide the needle under two threads.
Pull the thread through and you have whipped the first spoke.
step by step how to work whipped wheel stitch 4This process is best described as making a spiral of back stitches over the spokes.

step by step how to work whipped wheel stitch 5Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress around the wheel until the circle is filled.

whipped wheel stitch sample 6As I said Whipped wheel is a stitch that is  lots of fun and once you have mastered them they are quite quick. You can used them alone as an accent stitch, a point of colour, an interesting texture, or they can be scattered over an area almost like a powdered filling.

whipped wheel stitch sample 5Whipped wheel stitch is great in contemporary embroidery. This sample have whipped wheels worked in cotton perle #8 (the blue sttiches) and rayon thread (the bronze gold stitches.

whipped wheel stitch sample 4

This sample is whipped wheels worked over machine embroidery. The foundation fabric is hand painted felt.

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From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A hand embroidered file cover part 4

hand embroidered file cover part 4This is the last in a series of articles about designing a hand embroidery project. It moves from creating the design to working the finished cover for a file which will hold my stitch work sheets.  This is the completed piece which will cover the front of a leaver arch file.

Click on the image to see a large version of the finished project.

I thought people would like to see a detail of the hand embroidery and beads. The fabric is a 26 count linen that is a oyster/jute/fawn type of colour

Here you can see I have used Buttonhole wheels, Bullion Knots, Whipped Wheels, French Knots, Cast on stitch, Whipped Wheels and Buttonhole Wheel Cups. I used a mix of threads most of which are cotton perle #5 and #8 but I also used I have used  hand dyed cotton perle #5, linen, stranded cotton floss, hand dyed wool, hand dyed knitting yarn, a wool/tussah silk  mix, and hand dyed silk. The beads were all chosen for a natural finish to echo the natural design. The beads are made of wood and shell and are unpolished.

hand embroidered file cover part 4 detailI hope you enjoy seeing this done and it has given you a few ideas on how to use textured stitches.

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Crazy quilt template set 2

Have you seen my Stitchers templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on 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 
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From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A hand embroidered file cover part 3

This is the last in a series of articles about designing a hand embroidery project. It moves from creating the design to working the finished project. Links to previous articles are the bottom of the page.

hand embroidered file cover part 3 on frameUp until this stage I had been working on hoop and moving the hoop around. Eventually I get to the stage where I can not reposition the hoop without squashing stitches. It gets worse if I start adding beads.  At this point in the process I usually stretch the embroidery frame. I dont really like frames, so I put it off as long as possible but as the pieces becomes heavier with the stitches and beads keeping an even tension is harder.

 

hand embroidered file cover part 3 detailAt this stage I concentrate on filling in the negative space areas with highly textured stitches. The areas are encrusted which is why I call it encrusted embroidery. The textured surface stitches I am using are Bullion Knots, French Knots, Buttonhole wheels, Buttonhole Wheel Cups, Whipped Wheels and Cast-on stitch. All of these stitches you can find in my Stitch Dictionary.

hand embroidered file cover part 4
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Crazy quilt template set 2

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As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on 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