Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Wheat Ear Stitch


Thread-u-cation Thursday- Wheat Ear Stitch
The cute Wheat Ear Stitch reminds me of little people holding their arms up. They are so happy to be part of your quilt they are madly cheering you on. You could also think of them as grains of wheat or bugs.....

The Wheat Ear Stitch can be used alone as a texture making device, like the field decorations above, or as a linked stitch to form lines or shapes. Here's the Little Bird on the Prairie singing to a celestial sighting, maybe the sun.

Here's how I make my Wheat Ear Stitches: Make a straight stitch about 1/4" long from A to B. Then bring the thread up at C and insert the needle at point D (also point B) to form a V shape with the AB line. Bring the needle and thread up at point E about 1/4" down from the BD point. Scoot the needle under the AB and CD lines.

Re-insert the needle at E and draw the thread to the back of the quilt to make a single Wheat Ear. Or re-insert the needle at E and come up at point F about 1/4" up and to the right of E. This point now becomes point A. Repeat the directions above to form a line of Wheat Ears.
I hope you enjoy adding the Wheat Ear Stitch to your quilt tops. I'm cheering you on!


Musicmaker said...

I didn't think there was an embroidery stitch I hadn't seen!! Is this designed by you? it's a wonderful stitch

Laura Wasilowski said...

It is a wonderful stitch, but I didn't make it up. I suspect it's one of those stitches that's been around a long time but not used very often.

Lisa said...

I've never seen this one before either but I love it. Stacked up it almost looks like a totem pole. :D

Diane J. Evans said...

This one is brand new to me, Laura -- thanks for the tutorial.


Sherrie Spangler said...

This stitch looks like a cute little slug. When you live in Northwest you get slugs on the mind as well as in the garden. Thanks Laura!