Do the Hubble! Hubble Stitch, That Is

The hubble stitch, brought to us by Melanie de Miguel just a short time ago, is the newest stitch to hit the beading community. From her latest book, Hubble Stitch, Melanie shares this about her stitch: “This stitch can best be described as a blend of herringbone and ladder stitch and a close cousin of right-angle weave (RAW), all rolled into one.”

The circular thread paths made in hubble stitches are similar to those in RAW, but the big difference is that each stitch within a row is individual, that is, it’s not linked to its neighbor by a bead, allowing lots of movement and slinkiness to the textile formed. This separation and individuality of each stitch also confers a beautiful, lacy quality to the beadwork.”

How to do the hubble stitch:

Hubble Stitch Foundation Row illustrations

Hubble Stitch Foundation Row illustrations

If you haven’t jumped into this new and beautiful bead-weaving technique, let’s get you hubbling! Complete instructions, bead for bead, and for each stitch variation, can be found in Melanie’s new book. Basic hubble stitch instructions can be found in Melandie de Miguel’s “Stitch Pro” column in Beadwork Oct/Nov 2015 issue.

In her latest book, with just a little bit of preamble to share the genesis of the stitch, her insight, some tips, and tricks, Melanie gets right to bead weaving, starting with the “basic” stitch. This first design, Spectrum, is one that packs a lot of color. Not only is it a design that brings a smile, the colors also work to show the beauty of the stitch and highlight its spatial direction and order—core values of this stitch.

Spectrum, by Melanie de Miguel from Hubble Stitch

Spectrum, by Melanie de Miguel from Hubble Stitch

Next up after the basic stitch are 2-drop and 3-drop hubble. Here is a close look at swatches of each so you can see how the simple addition of beads changes the whole look.

(l to r) 2-drop Hubble Stitch, 3-drop Hubble Stitch

(l to r) 2-drop Hubble Stitch, 3-drop Hubble Stitch

Mercury, my personal favorite Hubble design, is made using 2-drop Hubble:

Mercury, by Melanie De Miguel, 2-drop Hubble Stitch from Hubble Stitch

Mercury, by Melanie De Miguel, 2-drop Hubble Stitch, from Hubble Stitch

Crystal Ladder is a design made using spaced-out horizontal stitch. This variation has my mind reeling with possibilities. Wait until you start weaving it yourself and see where it leads you!

Horizontal Spaced-Out and 2-Drop Hubble stitches, Melanie de Miguel, Hubble Stitch

Horizontal Spaced-Out and 2-Drop Hubble stitches, Melanie de Miguel.

Stitch variations keep coming and include hubble in the round: circular and tubular.

Tubular and Circular Hubble Stitch, Melanie de Miguel from Hubble Stitch

Tubular and Circular Hubble Stitch, Melanie de Miguel.

“Inverted hubble, stitches worked off of a circular hubble base has us bezeling stones. “It’s a very special part of Hubbling because it will get you bezelling crystals and cabochons in utterly delightful ways.” Melanie also promises in book 2 (yes, there’s a 2nd book on the way!) she will cover other ways to use inverted hubble.

Inverted Hubble Stitch used to bezel stones, by Melanie de Miguel, Hubble Stitch

Inverted Hubble Stitch used to bezel stones, by Melanie de Miguel.

I cannot wait to see what’s next and I can’t wait to see what you do with this new stitch. Happy hubbling!

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