Woven Wheel Stitch Embroidery Tutorial – Leah Nikolaou

Woven Wheel Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Learn how to master the woven wheel stitch, watch the step-by-step video, browse the illustrated guide and choose a project to practice.

One of my absolute favourite stitches, the woven wheel stitch is also commonly known by the below different names:

  • Rose Stitch
  • Woven Rose Embroidery
  • Woven Spider Stitch
  • Woven Web Rose Stitch
  • Wagon Wheel Stitch

Woven Wheel Stitch - How To Video

To me, I will always call it the woven wheel stitch! It creates a beautiful circular raised pattern in the shape of a rose which is effective on its own and works in groups. It’s a straightforward embroidery stitch and a very therapeutic stitch to learn!

It’s great to watch clips of how stitches embroidery stitches, but I also find it helpful to see a step-by-step breakdown to learn a new stitch. Take a scrap of paper (back of an envelope, top of a cereal box), quickly sketch out the below circle template and practice the stitch!

Woven Wheel Step-by-Step Tutorial

woven wheel stitch

Take a strand of yarn approx 40cm long and knot one end. Thread your needle and

pierce through the back of a circle through the centre (A).

Follow the illustrations to create the spokes of your wheel.

Note that woven wheels always need an odd number of spokes to work!

woven wheel embroidery

Finish the spokes and bring your needle to the front by piercing through the paper from the back. Ensure to pierce the paper about 0.25cm away from A.  Then weave under and over the wheel's spokes in a circular fashion.

woven wheel stitch steps

Keep weaving round and round! Once complete, tuck your needle under the woven stitches and pierce through to the back of the paper. This will allow you to jump across to centre (A) to start the next wheel and repeat!

Embroidery Projects Using Woven Wheel Stitch

The appeal of this stitch is that it looks very complicated if you don't understand how it's worked, but it is, in fact, straightforward. Here are three different projects which use this stitch:

Advent Calendars- Stitch Woven Wheel Baubles Each Day

Embroider a woven wheel stitch bauble to an advent calendar for each day of advent.

How to do a woven wheel stitch advent calendar

Christmas Cards- Stitch Woven Wheel Baubles To The Trees

Embroider the baubles to these tree cards. Each card kraft paper card used vegetable-based inks in the printing process.

Woven Wheel Project Christmas card

Owl Embroidery - Stitch Woven Wheel Eyes

You can try this stitch at the centre of the owls' eyes. The eyes are a five-spoke wheel.

woven wheel wall art

If you enjoyed the woven wheel blog post, why not check out one of our other stitch guides:

Mastering Turkey Stitch

Embroidering Letters

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