Detached wheatear stitch
Detached wheatear stitch consists of a detached open chain stitch with the addition of two slanting stitches underneath the chain stitch; (as the name suggests) the stitch resembles a wheatear.
Wheatear stitch bears a strong resemblance to Tête de boeuf stitch (both stitches consist of a detached chain stitch plus two extra small stitches) and over time some embroidery sources have swapped the names of the stitches in error. However, the strong resemblance of this stitch to an ear of wheat (and that of Tête de boeuf to a bull’s head) suggests that this version is the correct way to stitch it.
Bring the needle and thread to the surface, take the needle back down close by, leaving a loop on the surface.
Structure of stitch
Can be used in isolation or scattered as a filling stitch.
Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.210
Deanna Hall West, 'Stitch Head of the Bull', Piecework magazine (2018). Available at: https://pieceworkmagazine.com/stitch-head-of-the-bull (Accessed: 07 September 2021)