Anatomy of Spiders
Spider Homes

LouAnne Sassone© 2008

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Spider Anatomy

Spiders may look hard to stitch, but if you remember that ALL of their legs come out of the same place on their bodies, you can’t miss. The illustration below shows that if you make two Lazy Daisy Stitches and Satin Stitch over them, you will end up with an easy spider body. Now just remember that the legs ALL come out of the area where the two body parts join and that spiders have eight legs! Any view or angle is possible. A side view? Do you want your spider to dangle? You may also wish to replace the Lazy Daisy Stitches with beads. To stitch your spiders you can use any kind of thread you like, but I usually use one strand of silk or cotton floss.

Spider Homes – Weaving a Web!

A spider web need “spokes” which are the anchors for the web. The spokes can be long Couched Stitches, lines of Outline Stitching or lines of Chain Stitching. The spokes usually are slightly thicker than the cross pieces of the web, but that’s not entirely necessary. Between the spokes are simple Fly Stitches. All parts of a web can be made from the same thread and appear very delicate. MOST important is to determine first where the center of the web will be. Next, lay in your spokes and lastly fill in the web with Fly Stitches between the spokes. Your Fly Stitches should “point” to the center of your spider web. Study webs in your garden or online and you’ll see they are often very irregular in shape.


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