Woven trellis stitch is a fun woven stitch. And since it adds texture to a piece, it can make for an unexpected element that can really lift a piece and make it more appealing. With a bead added to the middle, it can look like flowers. Woven Trellis Stitch is also very effective if you use a hand dyed variegated yarn. If you want a contemporary feel, try working this stitch off the grid.
How to hand embroider Woven Trellis Stitch
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.
Bring the working thread up through the fabric at the middle. Using 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.
Turn 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.
Continue weaving until it is packed firmly to the base.
Take 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 it with two small back stitches.
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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