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 (You can buy the DMC floss of 36 shades from Amazon)
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. If you drawing a line to help with this stitch, then point B will fall on the line.
2. Again insert at point B and bring it up at point D. Pull the thread up.
3. Push the needle through two diagonal straight stitches without piercing the fabric as shown above.
4. Insert again at point D and bring it up at point E. Take the needle back to point D and bring it at point F on the opposite side.
5. You can work on it in a similar fashion for the rest of your design. Please watch the video below for a better understanding.
6. Work until the end of the pattern, take the needle down and secure the thread with a knot.
Tips for working the wheatear stitch
- When you are pushing the needle between the stitches, you can turn the needle to the opposite side.
- You can draw a line or curve, to work on this stitch.
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.
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More stitches tutorials:
- Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Running Stitch
- French Knot
- Lazy Daisy
- Back Stitch
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Woven Trellis Stitch
- Long And Short Stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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