Tutorial: Wheat Ear Stitch
The Wheatear Stitch (or Wheat Stitch) is just like the Feather Stitch super handy if you want to stitch branches, grasses and of course wheat. I've also used it in the past to stitch fish bones! You can stitch a straight line, a curved line or a (semi) circle. I hope you'll give the Wheat Ear Stitch a try. :)
Draw a guide line on your fabric with a water soluble ink marker or a pencil. Make a straight stitch at an angle towards the guideline (1). Make the same stitch on the other side of the guideline (2). Right-handers might prefer to start on the right side of the guide line, left-handers on the left side.
Once you've create the V-shape, let your needle come up a little lower on the guideline (3). Place your needle behind the first two stitches without entering the fabric (4) and pull through. Again, right-handers may prefer to do this from the right side and left-handers from the left side.
Enter the fabric again on the guide line to create a closed loop (5, 6). You have now created one Wheat Ear Stitch, which basically is a (detached) chain stitch looped through two straight stitches placed at an angle.
A line of Wheat Ear Stitches (worked from the top) is simply a repeat of the first 6 steps (see the beginning of the repeat in 7, 8).
Place a single detached chain stitch on top of your first stitches for a genuine Wheat Ear finish!
In my sampler I used three strands of floss and two shades of mint green/turquoise floss. There is a gentle curve to the line and I used smaller and bigger stitches to create a more varied look.
When stitched in a circle the Wheat Ear Stitch looks fabulous too. With a little experience the straight and slightly curvy lines can be easily stitched without guide lines. It's very hard to do this with when you want to create a circle with the Wheat Ear Stitch though. Another thing you need to consider is the size and placement of your stitches. Because of the shape you can't make stitches too big and the stitches that point outward should be stitched (more or less) at the same angle. Ideally you would end with a 'loop' that can neatly connect with the first two stitches you've made at the beginning of the circle.
Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
Be sure to tag me @followbunny or #whitebunnysampler (Instagram & Twitter) if you are stitching along with me, I'd love to see your work!!