Wrapped and Woven Embroidery Stitches

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    Change it Up with Wrapped or Woven Stitches

    Wrapped and Woven Stitches
    Wrapped and Woven Stitches. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    Want to make some simple stitching extra special? Try wrapping or weaving a second piece of floss through your embroidery and you'll have an instant update!

    These easy additions will dress up your favorite stitches, making them a great way to expand your stitch repertoire with minimal effort. And you can apply the idea in a lot of ways.  

    The wrapping technique is perfect for stitching little candy canes or other treats, adding stripes to the outline of an animal or even adding dimension to...MORE flower stems.

    The weaving technique creates a ripple that would make beautiful water, vines or hair braids.

    You can work either of these methods in more than one color, as shown in the examples, or try them in just one color. Even though there won't be any contrast, the stitches will have a new depth.

    Try wrapping or weaving with a variety of stitches. The examples above, left to right, are as follows: 

    Wrapped Running Stitch - The second thread passes under each stitch and wraps over the gap, creating an open twist with a touch of wave.

    Woven Running Stitch - Working back and forth, the second thread passes under each stitch. This example keeps the weaving fairly loose.

    Wrapped Back Stitch - When wrapped around and under each stitch, this version looks the most like a candy cane.

    Woven Back Stitch - Weaving under each stitch makes a small ripple and this example shows the second thread pulled close to the back stitch.

    Wrapped Chain Stitch - This one shouldn't be wrapped too tight. It also shows that you could wrap other stitches too, such as stem, split or any line stitch.

    Woven Chain Stitch - Instead of weaving under the entire chain stitch, this one goes under one side of each stitch and over the other side, giving it a braided look.

    For a closer look at how to wrap and weave stitches, read on!

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    How to Make Wrapped or Woven Stitches

    Wrapping and Weaving
    Wrapping and Weaving. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    Each of the wrapped or woven stitches starts with a base of stitching. Embroider the entire line that you will wrap or weave. 

    Prepare your second thread and bring it up through the fabric under the first base stitch, without splitting the stitch. Continue by either wrapping or weaving.

    Wrapping

    If you bring the thread out below the line of stitching (shown above), slide the needle under the next stitch from above the line. This can also be reversed to change the direction of the wrap.

    Wrap each...MORE stitch by sliding under the next stitch from the same side. Keep the wrapped stitches close to the base stitching, but don't pull them too tight. 

    Finish the stitching by going back through the fabric under the last stitch.

    Weaving

    If you bring the thread out above the line of stitching (shown above), slide the needle under the next stitch from below the line.

    Weave under each stitch by alternating sliding under the from above and below the base stitches.

    Pull the weaving close to the base stitching or leave it looser. If leaving it loose, remember that it may catch or snag, so use this method wisely.

    Finish the stitching by going back through the fabric under the last stitch.

    Happy Stitching!