Learn hand embroidery. See a step-by-step demonstration of the eyelet wheel stitch as seen in the December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

October 13, 2016

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Hi, I'm Linda with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, bring you stitches to savor brought to you by designer Sue Spargo. Today we're going to learn the eyelet wheel stitch. The eyelet wheel stitch is a great filler stitch to put on top of circles or even to make an eyelet so you have a little opening in the center. So let's get started. If you imagine this stitch as a wagon wheel you're going to work one segment of each wheel and then work the spoke. So in this case I've divided that into eight sections. I'm going to go from 1 to 2, come back up at 1 and go down to 3. Then I'm going to go over to 4, back to 1 and 4, and down to 3. Coming out here, and you work your way all the way around the circle. See, I've just lightly marked with pencil my dividing lines for my circle or the wheel and the spokes. What I'm going to do is come up at this first point and go down at the outside, kind of like a backstitch (a very large backstitch depending on the circle size) and pull through. Then I'm going to come back up at the original point where I started, and go into the center. Then I'm going to go straight out to do my next outside stitch, again much like a backstitch. And I'm going to come out again where I started that backstitch. I'm a little off. Sometimes if you're a little off, you can just take a tiny stitch and bring your needle up where you need to be. Then I'm going to go in again to the center. Come out, again following that exterior circle. You can make those stitches scoop if you want to, so going in and coming back out at the beginning. Back into the center and down to the next spot on the spoke, back around. And you'd work all the way around the circle, just like this, a spoke and then an outside, so you get a divided circle. Again, depending on how large your circle is, you're going to divide it into as many spaces as you want to. So you're going to continue around then until you reach your starting point and all your spokes are in place. The eyelet wheel stitch fills those circles with a simple design making it a stitch to savor.