Wave stitch is a bit similar to Cloud filling in the sense that it is a waved patterned filling stitch. You work the stitch row upon row to fill an area and build up a pattern. When worked in different shades this stitch is also known as Looped shading stitch.
Note with this sample I have spaced each ‘wave’ a little apart so that you can see what is happening but normally the gap between the feet of the stitch would not be so large.
How to work Wave Stitch
You start this stitch at the top row.
With the first row work a line of evenly spaced small straight stitches that stand vertically
Bring your needle out at the base of the first row and pass the needle under the first straight stitch. Pull the needle through to thread your yarn under the straight stitch.
Insert your needle at the base of the row to the left so that the yarn forms an inverted V shape.
Bring your needle out to the left close to where it entered the fabric (this is the step I have worked further apart so that you can see what is going on)
Continue in this manner to work the first row.
On the second and following rows bring your needle out at the base of the row and working in the opposite direction along the row, thread your yarn through the feet of the inverted V stitches made on the previous row.
Continue in this back and forth manner until the area is filled with Wave stitch.
As you can see Wave stitch looks good worked in a space dyed thread. This is some hand dyed perle #5 thread.
Worked in a traditional manner Wave stitch is evenly spaced but if you change the spacing and heights of the rows it can become a very contemporary filling stitch. As with all patterned stitches beads looks good stitched in the gaps or at the feet of the wave.
I hope you enjoy Wave stitch!
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