Posts Tagged 'wheatear stitch'

butterfly chain stitch

Posted by on 07 Jul 2009 | Category:

This decorative stitch is a series of twisted chain stitch run over a bunch of straight stitches. The over all visual effect is that of a sheaf or a butterfly. Usually, 3 straight stitches are tied with a twisted chain stitch, giving it a sheaf bundle look.

To do this stitch, you need to know the twisted chain stitch. Remember that you do not go through the fabric or even pluck it while doing the twisted chain stitch as it is done over the foundation of the straight stitches.

For the sake of this lesson, I have laid three different types of foundations. This will give you an idea of the different effects a butterfly chain stitch can make.I will work the straight stitches from left to right, but will work the twisted chain stitch  from bottom to top.

butterfly_chain_stitch_1        Fig 1: To begin, we make a foundation by making a row of straight stitches. For that, we draw the needle from A-B, C-D, E-F and so on.
 Fig 2: For this lesson, I have made three different kinds of straight stitch foundations.
X: sets of three straight stitches spaces evenly between each other.
Y: a series of straight stitches with no spacing. They will be bundled up in sets of three.
Z: sets of closely stitched four straight stitches with different vertical heights.
butterfly_chain_stitch_3   butterfly_chain_stitch_4
 Fig 3: Now we begin to bundle the straight stitches using twisted chain stitch. For that, bring the needle out from the bottom of the last straight stitch.
Take the needle under the first set of straight stitches as shown.
       Fig 4: Now, loop the thread around the needle to form a twisted chain loop. This loop will hold the set of straight stitches in a bundle.
butterfly_chain_stitch_5   butterfly_chain_stitch_6
 Fig 5: Once the needle is pulled and thread is tightened, a bundle will look like this. This has a sheaf look.    Fig 6: Continue with this procedure till all the straight stitches are bundled. To end the twisted chain, anchor up the last loop as shown.
 Fig 7: The completed butterfly stitch will look like this. Observe how each foundation throws out a different visual appearance.

wheatear stitch

Posted by on 01 Jul 2009 | Category:

This stitch, as the name suggests, resembles wheat or sheaf of wheat when done in multiples. This is a decorative stitch and can be used as per our imagination.

You need to know the detached wheatear stitch. I will be following three parallel stitch lines to demonstrate this stitch.

wheatear_stitch_1   wheatear_stitch_2
Fig 1: Start the base by doing a detached wheatear stitch as shown above. Note that A and C lie on the left and right stitch lines. B and D lie on the centre stitch line.   Fig 2: We now proceed to make more detached wheatear stitches one after the other.
After putting in the needle through D, bring it out through E, then in through D and out through F.
wheatear_stitch_3   wheatear_stitch_4
Fig 3: Put the needle in through D again. This completes the second pair of ‘ears’. Bring the needle out through G.   Fig 4: Take the needle beneath the second pair of ‘ears’ and the previous loop to form the second loop of the sequence.
wheatear_stitch_5           wheatear_stitch_6
Fig 5: Put the needle in through G to complete the second loop.   Fig 6: Keep up with this procedure to finish the entire stitch line.
wheatear_stitch_7   Fig 7: A finished line of wheatear stitch would look like this. I have ended the sequence with the ‘ears’ or a ‘V’ to give it a more wheat sheaf look. Try this stitch on curves as well.


detached wheatear stitch

Posted by on 26 Jun 2009 | Category:

This is one of the few stand alone stitches from the chain stitch family. This stitch resembles the Bull’s head stitch, and often even mistaken with it. But there is a small difference in the way they are stitched. Moreover, a detached wheatear stitch is a single loop of the Wheatear stitch, which will be the next stitch to be posted.

 Knowledge of bull’s head stitch will help you understand the difference and logc behind both stitches. Knowledge of the reverse chain stitch will be an advantage.

detached_wheatear_stitch_1         detached_wheatear_stitch_2
 Fig 1: We start by making the ‘ears’ of the wheat seed. For that, we pull the needle out through A and put it in through B, as shown. Then, the needle is pulled out through C. Note that B lies at about 90 degrees angle between A and C.    Fig 2: We now make the other ‘ear’ of the wheat seed. For that, put in the needle through B and bring it out through D. D lies straight below the point B.
detached_wheatear_stitch_3         detached_wheatear_stitch_4
 Fig 3: Now, we follow a reverse chain stitch procedure to make the wheat seed. For that bring the needle out from D and take it underneath the previously made stitches without plucking the fabric beneath.    Fig 4: Put the needle in through D again to finish up the stitch.
detached_wheatear_stitch_5    Fig 5: A finished detached wheatear stitch would look like this. It is a lot in resemblance to the bull’s head stitch. If you note, here, the loop of the chain lies under the ‘ears’ or ‘horns’ , unlike that in the bull’s head stitch. 🙂

bull’s head stitch

Posted by on 23 Jun 2009 | Category:

Also known as : Tete de la Boeuf, Head of the Bull Stitch

This stitch is one of the few stand alone stitches of the chain stitch family. The name tells us that the stitch resembles the head of a bull. This stitch is often confused with detached wheatear stitch, since they look a lot like each other. But, there is a small difference in the way both are worked. The difference lies in the way the ‘horns’ of the bull is made.

You need to know the lazy daisy stitch to be able to do this stitch.

bulls_head_1                bulls_head_2
Fig 1: We start by making the horns of the bull. So, bring out the needle through A and put it in through B. Continue to bring the needle out through C, which lies at a 90 degrees angle from A and B. Note that the thread lies below the needle causing it to bend to a ‘V’ shape.   Fig 2: We now proceed to make the face of the bull using a lazy daisy stitch. So, pull out the thread from C. Put the needle again through C and bring it out from D, which lies straight below C. Now, loop the thread around the needle as shown to make the lazy daisy stitch.


bulls_head_3   Fig 3: Anchor up the lazy daisy as shown and finish the bulls head. Note that the lazy daisy stitch is done over the bent thread. Keep this in mind while you go through the detached wheatear stitch. It will help you to understand the difference between both. 😉