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Wheatear Stitch

Wheatear stitch is a fun option for stitching in a straight line or a curve, and works well when stitching decorative borders, wreaths, foliage, and, of course, wheat!


A photo of an embroidery hoop with three decorative lines stitched in shades of blue and green on white fabric.
three lines of completed wheatear stitch

As always, you can use as many strands of cotton embroidery floss as you like for this stitch. In the finished photo above, I've used six strands of cotton embroidery floss for the stitch on the left, three for the stitch on the right (this is the line I stitch in the picture tutorials below), and just two for the stitch in the middle (this is the line I stitch in the video tutorial at the end of this post).


Step 1: Gather your supplies and mark your fabric.


I used a heat-erasable pen to mark my stitching lines onto two layers of cotton fabric, and I'll be using three strands of cotton embroidery floss for this example.



Step 2: Make two straight stitches in the shape of a "V" at the top of your line of stitching.



Step 3: Bring your needle up through your fabric, using the guideline.


You can bring your needle up any distance you like.