Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 4, 2009

Stitch Challenge – Trellis stitch

I’ve been beavering away trying to get the Twisted Trellis stitch right and I’m sure I’d get A for effort at perseverance but a Big Failure for execution.

I used a hoop for all but one sample and that used canvas.  I tried many threads, tapestry wool, DMC Madiera, DMC stranded thread, waxed and unwaxed Hemp, Rayon and Edmar Lola.  The canvas with Lola is the neatest.

I tried both Double Running stitch and Backstitch.

I have used Jeanne’s splendid directions and they are certainly not at fault – it’s just that I can’t fathom why my work won’t spiral.

I’m not giving up but in the meantime here are my samples.

Mixed bunch of Spiral and Flat

Mixed bunch of Spiral and Flat

The ones I like are the Stef Francis coral pipes, Opera for the rectangle flat one, the seagull on a rock and the white one at the top left in rayon looks like a pretty rose.

The large circle is done with waxed hemp and at least shows spines.  The others are just muddles.  I am so disappointed.  The flower is not too bad but the rayon isn’t sitting nicely.

Coral pipes

Coral pipes



Seagull on a rock

Seagull on a rock

The rock has a mix of threads and a hand-dyed floss.  It stands out well in real life.


More failures

The yellow circle was started with unwaxed hemp, which disliked being drawn through the canvas, so I abandoned that one.

Spiral failures

Spiral failures

I experimented with brown Opera and knitting cotton to make a vase, just a little nonsense.



I also include the first stumpwork I did some years ago –  still a UFO but it has the Trellis stitch clothes and strawberries.

The gardener

The gardener

Off to practise more.  I’d be most grateful for any assistance getting the spiral right.



  1. I wasn’t happy with my flat one, yours are great. Need to get some more thread and try again. The seagull and the fish you have done are fabulous

  2. It is a shame that I live so far away! Because I think otherwise I should be able to assist you with the spiral trellis stitch and you could assist me with the flat trellis stitch. I have problems with the flat ones and have made at least 8 failed attempts to make neat stitches. But no problems at all with the spiral ones!

  3. Still forgot to say that I like the gardener very much!

  4. I like the gardner very much too!
    To make it spiral you need to decrease – also make sure it is a true trellis – ie not a – button hole action or knotted buttonhole action but more of a coral stitch – if that makes sense! The coral stitch in my stitch dictionary (because different books have different names)

  5. I love your fish and the seagull on the rock. I disagree with Sharon – you don’t need to decrease to get the spiral effect. In Sharon’s third photo on Stitch Explorer 2009 Feb, she has not decreased but the spiral effect is still evident. As Sharon suggests, I suspect you are not doing true trellis stitch. Watch the video carefully. Good luck, Regards, Ruth P

  6. I love all your efforts Maureen regardless of them not being twisted. I can’t get the stitch to work properly either. I think I am finding it hard to see where to slip the needle through.

  7. j’adore ton petit grand père c’est superb !


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