Wheatear stitch is a versatile, simple stitch to work that is very easy to add a bead too as you embroider. The trick with any of the hand embroidery stitches you add beading to, is to use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 or perle #5 thread through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.
In the sample above varieties of Wheatear stitch is used to depict wild grasses. Various forms of wheatear are used but most noticeable is a beaded version. The hand embroidery is set agains a hand painted linen background. I used hand dyed cottons and also substituted many of the chain stitches with oyster stitch.
How to work Wheatear Stitch
To work beaded wheatear you need to be familiar with regular wheatear stitch which you can fine the directions on how to work Wheatear Stitch here. Use a size 26 tapestry needle so you can thread your bead as you work. The samples have been worked using perle # 5 thread
The stitch is worked in a downward motion. Commence with a single wheatear stitch .
Bring your needle out at the point where you would start to work the next set of diagonal stitches straight stitch also worked at an angle as illustrated. Thread a bead on to your working thread before you take your needle to the back of the fabric as illustrated.
Bring your needle out on the left side to make another diagonal stitch. Add a second bead and take your needle to the back of the fabric. Make sure the base of the stitch meets the base of first stitch. Bring your thread out a little below the base of the V.
Pass your needle under the two diagonal stitches to make the chain like loop.
Make a regular wheatear stitch then a beaded wheatear stitch and continue in this manner down the line.
You can bead every ear of the stitch or as I have done in the directions which is to bead every second set of ears.
This is a versatile beaded version of wheatear stitch that will follow a curve well and can really add some zest to a piece. Enjoy!
The next stitch in the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitchers challenge is Chain stitch. This tremendously useful stitch is quick and easy to do. Chain stitch is also a foundation stitch for a whole family of looped stitches. The trick with all chain stitches is not pull the stitch too tight as a tight tension will pull the loop of the stitch tighter causing a puckered line.
Chain stitch will hold a curve well and is ideal to use to outline a pattern or for lettering. The sample above is a sample worked in cotton perle #5 thread
This sample is worked in a fine knitting yarn that has a metallic blended thread in it.It is worked on 26 count linen.
Follow the link for step by step directions on how to work chain stitch
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push this stitch in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Chain stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.
Feel free to join the TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group. If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome
I am walking around with a big silly grin on my face as I have signed a book contract with C&T Publishers for my book on Crazy Quilting. After much dithering around, as I was thinking of self publishing, I decided the traditional route and the help of an editor was the way to produce the best book for my readers. Basically I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher. C&T Publishers know textile type people as they specialise in quilting and creative fiber related books and tools. They publish authors such as Judith Baker Montano, Allie Aller, Valerie Bothell, Jennifer Clouston and Christen Brown so I feel like I am in good company.
So I am feeling energised, I am sure I will learn heaps and I think the process will be work but most important it will be fun! This also keeps me on track as
What will be happening on Pintangle?
I am not allowed to share bits of the book as I write it. I will be still running Take a Stitch Tuesday because that is too inspirational and fun not to do. I will also continue adding to the stitch tutorials on this site. Patterns from and posts about the button box quilt and my sampler will continue. To be honest I am not sure at what rate. I will do them as I can manage them.
While I write a book I find blogging more than a few days a week difficult. If things are a bit quite at times please be understanding. The way I view it is, in the long run, in a decade I will be proud of the book I am working on today, but I will have forgotten the number of emails I answered today, or the blog post I wrote, or the facebook group admin. What is more of an indicator the people I write to, or tend to in the facebook group etc, will have long forgotten too! In fact I think they will have forgotten within months! These tasks will still of course go on (since I am sitting here writing a blog post!) but both the email and the browser will be closed more often as I try to limit distractions while I work.
Ways to stay in contact