After finishing and really enjoying the woven spider web hand embroidery technique I used for the eyes on the giraffe and hippo for Baby Connor's quilt,
I decided it was the best technique for the elephant on Baby William's quilt. (FULL quilts HERE).
And since I had a few questions about it, I thought I'd share the technique with anyone interested.
Woven Spider Web Embroidery
The foundation for this is a bunch of straight stitches. They look like spokes of a wheel. I liked five for the eye which when it is finished is approx. 3-4 mm diameter. Note: The larger your design the more number of spokes you will need.
Make your straight stitches come to the same center point.
I used a second color just for instructional purposes, but you will use the same thread you started with to make the spokes!
You will start weaving the embroidery floss/thread over and under each spoke. Pull the stitches snugly towards the center.
Keep going over and under, over and under.
It will keep building like this.
You will keep weaving until all the spokes are completely covered.
It will look different depending on how loose or compact you pulled your thread.
Options: Any type of thread, yarn, or ribbon!
Uses: Flowers, wheels, circles, and dots.
Whipped Spider Web Embroidery
(aka Ribbed or Backstitch Spider Web)
Guess what? It starts out the SAME way as the Woven Spider Web. The only difference is that you can do odd or even amount of spokes. For the purpose of this tutorial, I just did five spokes.
This happens to be a bit more tricky, so I labeled each spoke with a number.
To begin with, you will see that above you will go UNDER two spokes (1 and 2).
Then (see below) you will "backstitch" over spoke 2,
then UNDER the next two spokes (2 and 3).
The embroidery floss SHOULD be wrapped around spoke 2 (see arrow above).
After you have gone UNDER spoke 2 and 3, you will "backstitch" over spoke 3.
Under spoke 3 and 4. Backstitch over spoke 4.
Under spoke 4 and 5. Backstitch over spoke 5.
After a few rotations, you will start to see that each spoke will be covered and a nice spider web look in between each spoke.
And like the woven web, you will continue until all of your spokes are completely covered.
Options: Any type of thread/yarn
Uses: I contemplated this, but didn't really like it for eyes. I think it would be better suited for flowers, spider webs, wheels, and of course circles and dots!
Just a reminder, I used two different colors for instructional purposes, but you should use the same thread throughout!
And if you are wondering, I strictly use embroidery floss, and usually just use the basic DMC brand you can pick up from your local hobby/fabric store! I have used it for 14 years now, and it hasn't ever bothered me!
Feel free to ask any questions! Hope this was helpful!