This tutorial is all about a very popular and fun stitch in hand embroidery, the woven wheel stitch. This stitch is referred to by a ton of different names including spider web rose stitch, rose wheel, woven spider wheel…the list goes on. It gets its name because the thread is woven around in a circle to create the stitch, and the starting stitches resemble a spider web.
The most popular way to use the woven wheel is for flowers or roses. This stitch adds an instant “pop” to any embroidery because of how 3 dimensional it is and did I mention it’s beautiful?
An added bonus is that this stitch is SUPER easy once you get the hang of it, and it doesn’t take that long to do. Everyone loves simple and easy!
This post is one of many about hand embroidery stitches.
Woven Wheel Stitch
- Draw a circle and make 5 straight stitches evenly spaced out around the circle.
- Come up through the fabric just to the side of where the stitches meet in the center.
- Begin weaving your needle and thread under and over the spokes of the stitches until you have filled in the entire circle.
- To end the stitch, simply bring your thread to the back and secure it.
Here it is all finished. I added French knots in the center to make it look even more like a flower.
You can change the size of the woven wheel on the fabric by drawing smaller or larger circles.
To change the height of the woven wheel stitch, you can double up your thread when you weave in and out of the spokes. Doubling the thread makes it a lot quicker and easier to fill in larger areas.
A Few More Tips
- Make sure to mark the fabric and draw out a circle before you start. If the 5 points or spokes are uneven, the spokes will show around the edge of the wheel.
- You may find it easier to use a blunt needle (tapestry) for the weaving part. That way, you don’t snag the thread.
I finished these woven wheels off with some fishbone stitches for the leaves. Learn this stitch and a few others that you can pair with flowers in this post about how to embroider leaves.
And that’s it! I guarantee once you learn this stitch, you’ll be using it ALL the time. Enjoy!
Want to learn even more ways to stitch flowers? Check out this post about 3 different ways to embroider roses.