The 17th week stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is wheat ear stitch. Though the wheat ear stitch is quite simple, I had not worked this stitch before. This week after completing the satin stitch sampler, I started with this stitch sampler. I found three treatments of this stitch on books.
The straight stitches are worked diagonally.
The straight stitches are worked vertically.
For individual stitches, the straight stitches are done after working the detached chain stitch.
I tried all the three .
The first row the straight stitches are worked diagonally. The second row the stitches are worked vertically.

17.whe earst-1

In this first row, I tried alternating the angles of the straight stitches. In the next row the length of the chain stitches are varied.

17.whe earst-2

This row the length of the straight stitches are varied.

17.whe earst-3

The wheat ear stitches are worked vertically in the first part , another row of wheat ear stitches with small chain stitches are worked below them
Two rows of wheat ear stitches are worked in opposite directions.

17.whe earst-4

In this row the individual wheat ear stitches are interlinked.
In this row too, the wheat ear stitches are worked in opposite directions, but the placement of the stitches in the second part is different. I tried working some fly stitches into this row, but later gave up the idea.

17.whe earst-5

In this row individual wheat ear stitches are worked over a row of continuous wheat ear stitch.
In this row, the wheatear stitches are worked in varying sizes.

17.whe earst-6

Some more variations tomorrow.

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