Wheatear stitch is part of the chain stitch family. It is a little different than the chain stitch, yet is pretty similar. This stitch is named as it resembles wheatear.
This looks pretty similar to the fern stitch.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread
How many strands of floss do you need for making the wheatear stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the wheatear stitch
1. Bring the thread up at point A from below the fabric. Make a diagonal straight stitch at point B. Without pulling the thread down make another diagonal stitch at point C.
2. Again insert at point B and bring it up at point D. Pull the thread up.
3. Turn the needle to the opposite end and push it through two diagonal straight stitches as shown above.
4. Insert again at point D.
5. You can work on it in a similar fashion for the rest of your design. Please watch the video below for better understanding.
Tips for working the wheatear stitch
- When you are pushing the needle between the stitches, push the opposite end of the needle.
What is the wheatear stitch used for?
- You can use this stitch for branches, trees, as grass for a landscape and many other variations.
- This stitch can also be used for borders.
- Herringbone Stitch
- Fern Stitch
- Cast On Stitch
- Basque Stitch
- Double Feather Stitch
- Long and Short Stitch
- Trellis Stitch
- Blanket stitch
- satin stitch
- back stitch
- stem stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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