The needle weave stitch
The basic idea is the same for regular weaving on a loom. First, make a series of vertical straight stitches.
Then with your needle weave in and out of the straight stitches. In this example, the needle is brought down at the end of the row of stitches, and up again for the next row.
VariationsThere many ways to use needle weaving to create different effects and types of stitches. The sampler shows a few of these.
Also note the difference that making the straight stitches farther apart makes. This is especially apparent in the irregular shape example.
2. This type of needle weaving is called needle woven bars. This stitch is formed by first making two straight stitches, and then weaving back and forth around them. The sampler shows both a variation with parallel straight stitches and one with nonparallel straight stitches.
3. This variation is known as woven spiders wheel. To form this stitch, you make an odd number of straight stitches radiating out and weave in and out of them. You can fill the radiating bars completely or leave the spokes showing.
When you reach the top of the loop, remove the scrap of thread and bring your needle down to the back of the fabric. You can bring the needle straight back so the woven section lies flat, or you can twist it a bit or let it bow over a bit above the fabric.
5. This stitch is called a needle-woven picot. To form this stitch, loop the thread around a pin. The placement of the pin will determine how long the stitch is.
Then bring the needle up again to the right of the loop and pull it behind the pin. Then begin the needle weaving. Like the previous stitch, pull firmly, but not too much after each turn. At the bottom, bring the needle to the back.