Wheateat stitch or Wheat ear stitch is a variation of reverse chain stitch.
This stitch can be used as a decorative border stitch and the motif resembles a sheaf of wheat.
- Beginners can try this on even weave cloth like aida before trying it on linen. It will be easier to count.
- Blunt needles will help you avoid plucking the fabric or picking up strands of nearby stitches during lacing.
When being stitched, most embroidery stitches tend to grow away from you. But this stitch is worked in the reverse direction. So we start stitching from the tip of the wheat sheaf.
Bring the needle up where you want the tip of the sheaf to be.
Come straight down and the needle goes down at B and comes up at C. Note that C is slightly below and to the left of A.
Come back again to B. The needle goes down at B and comes back up again at D. Note that D is below and to the right of A.
Go back down again at B and come back up at E for the next stitch.
The distance between B and E will decide the size of the grains in the wheat sheaf.
Once this is done, we now have the tip of the wheat sheaf ready. This tip can be used to embroider plants or branches.
However if you are using wheatear stitch as a border or outline, you wont have to stitch this tip. Simply skip the stitch that extends from B to A.
Now lace through the tip of the wheat ear sheaf and finish the chain stitch just like you would in the reverse chain stitch.
Blunt needles make it easier to lace through stitches.
Repeat the step 2 steps mentioned above till you reach the desired length.
Completed Wheat ear stitch looks like this.