Wheatear stitch consists of two straight stitches worked on the diagonal with a chain looped through the base. It is this weeks TAST challenge
For this weeks samples, I have used 1 ply of Caron Watercolour thread on Aida. You can do all sorts of things to wheatear stitch. It can be stacked row upon row and worked to create a pattern.
In this sample I have simply worked rows in both directions and lined up so they slightly overlap but you can easily step the rows, lace, thread and use the rows the couch down thread. Some very interesting effects can be built up this way.
Wheatear can also be worked in a square. In this sample I have worked 4 squares building up a pattern. You could easily add beads to the patterning as well.
The next sample contains wheatear stitched worked on a curve that has been worked around a bead. Once you work Wheatear on a curve its nature becomes very organic and it looks like wild grasses or wheat. Hence the name.
Also on the sample is a variety in which I have substituted oyster stitch for the chain loop. It makes for a very interesting variety.
This last sample the stitch has been used on a Crazy Quilting Block. I used a silk thread and added extra straight stitches in a metallic thread then topped it off with a bead.
Once again the challenge is:
For new hands to learn the stitch
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012.
How to join in
Stitch a sample, take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on Stitchin Fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.
Any special rules?
There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.
Interesting work will be featured
Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment, you leave and I wont include it.
If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.
You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges - Take a Stitch Tuesday category
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