Nothing Wrong with More Diamonds

Welcome to more diamonds.  While I love the stitch, this post is really a story of threads.  

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Take a close look at the stitched sample.  It is an interesting exercise in thread weights and distinct finishes. 

The parallelograms surrounding the 6X6 diamonds are two different grays on the diagram and two different matte threads on the stitched sample.  The dark gray lines represent DMC Perle Cotton and the light gray line represents Vineyard Silk.  The diamond is filled with two different metallic threads.  The aqua lines are Shimmer Ribbon and the teal lines are Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12). 

This is not the only way to stitch this stitch. Feel free to stitch the parallelograms in a single thread.  Depending on which part of the stitch (the parallelograms or the diamonds) you want to pop, adjust the thread weights accordingly.  Consider metallic parallelograms with velvet diamonds.  Try two different colors of a matte thread for the parallelograms with one color (but two threads) for the diamonds.  There are so many things you can do with this stitch.  It's great for any number of large areas...large fruit (as illustrated in the stitched sample), clothing, baskets, roofs, or floors, just as thought-starters.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Boo!

Today's stitch is a full coverage stitch I found in a book forever ago.  I had all but forgotten about it until I pulled out my Halloween decorations.

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The stitched sample includes DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Flair.  It's a tricky little stitch.  Do NOT overlook the fact the beetles alternate sizes on the horizontal and vertical axises.  I strongly recommend adding the beetles first (gray lines), and fill in the parallelograms (turquoise lines) when you are done with the beetles.

This full coverage stitch will draw attention to a medium- to large-sized space.  It would be a fantastic coat or bag with rich threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Very Velvet, Soie D'Alger or Gloriana Silk Floss for the beetles.  Combine those with a strong metallic such as Fyre Werks, Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16), Silk Lame, Rachelette, or Frosty Rays.  It would make a wonderful basket or floor with lighter weight matte threads such as DMC Perle, Elegance, Subtlety, or Prescencia.  Combine colors and finishes to get your desired effect.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Christy's Window

I always love it when I stumble on a new (to me) small space stitch and it's more fun when it comes from one of my favorite stitchers.  I just love this stitch.  

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I named it the Diagonal Cross Stitch because of the gentle slope of the stitches.

This stitch would be great for a window (as illustrated).  It's also a great stitch for any area you want to recede.  As an example, I shared it with a student for a small hill in the background of a country landscape.  It would be a charming way to honor beautifully shaded clouds or small bodies of water.  I recommend to use lightweight threads with a stitch this gentle.  For example, the stitched sample uses Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid (#4).  Depending on what you are stitching, consider Petite Silk Lame, Silk Straw, 2-3 strands of your favorite silk floss or wool.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Open Diamonds!

Today's open stitch comes from a Aristeia workshop from several years ago.  It's a great stitch that strikes the perfect balance of an interesting stitch and the beautiful shading on the canvas.

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I recommend stitching the gray lines first, followed by the aqua lines, and ending with the bead.

The stitched sample includes Vineyard Silk, Shimmer Ribbon, and a Sundance Bead.  This stitch is great for many larger spaces, whether they are are a solid color or deeply shaded.   It could be gorgeous for a large tree with Vineyard Silk or Pepper Pot Silk (gray lines) and Painters Thread or a subtly overdyed Silk Floss (e.g., Gloriana Silk Floss or Dinky Dyes Silk Floss).   For a rich coat you want to stand out, try Very Velvet and Fyre Werks or Kreinik 1/16" metallic ribbon.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Just Right

Today's stitch is great for small, medium, and larg-ish areas.  In other words, it's just right.

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The stitched sample includes Gloriana Florimell Silk Floss (gray lines) and Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16) (aqua lines) on 13-mesh.

This stitch could work for so many things.  I see it as water with Petite Silk Lame and a lightweight Kreinik.  The combination of Burmilana (gray lines) and Gloriana Lorikeet (aqua lines) would make an attractive hillside or field.  Using the same thread for all the stitches, such as a Pepper Pot or an Appleton Tapestry Wool, would make a great beard.  I hope these thought-starters help you come up with something perfect for your space!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

#stitchingsunday

Welcome back to another episode of #stitchingsunday.  This recently added Sunday theme* highlights stitches from blog posts in current stitching projects.

I always enjoy hearing when a reader shares one of my stitches was perfect for their project. What's more fun is to see how it is used.  Today's stitch example uses the Darning with Backstitch and comes from Amy Poore.  What is even better is that Amy used it for a background and on the vertical axis, neither of which I mentioned as possibilities in the original post.  And I absolutely love it.

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Today's version provides more coverage with Perle Cotton and Flair.  The horizontal columns would lend themselves to wallpaper, chimneys, fireplace mantles, tree trunks, pants...anything tall and/or narrow.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

* Don't worry.  #smallspacesunday hasn't disappeared.  I want to mix it up a little.

More Trifecta Goodness

Part of the joy of traveling to teach at stores outside of my neighborhood is seeing a variety of thread inventories, learning about regional nuances (for me, the use of the pin stitch) and seeing lovely stitched samples (the most fun).

The stitch below combines several things I came across during recent travels.  It includes overlapping diamonds (shades of a recent post), a tramme (a long time favorite of mine), and open work. 

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The stitched sample includes Rainbow Gallery's Cashmere (aqua lines), Princess Perle (dark gray lines), and Entice (light gray lines).  

I used two different colors for the base threads to mix it up a little bit.  While this stitch is complex, it would still serve well as a background with 2-3 different threads in the same color.  Or stitch the dark gray base thread in a contrasting metallic.  It would make a great basket or ground cover with matte thread combinations such as Lorikeet, Soie D'Alger, Planet Earth Merino Wool, or Rainbow Linen.  Use it for clothing with Very Velvet, silk perles, and Kreinik.  I hope these thought-starters help you come up with something perfect for your space!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Amy's Stitch

Today's stitch and stitched sample come from a new whimsicalstitch.com friend, Amy Poore, of www.apooregirlpaintsneedlepointdesigns.com.  Her designs are adorable and designed to appeal to a new generation of needlepointers.  They are sweet and easy stitch pieces.  

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Just like her designs, the background stitch is crisp and clean.  The small accent and the skipped row are a delightful surprise.  The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton for the gray lines and Glisten for the accent stitch (gray lines).

This stitch would work on so many areas.  Of the top of my head, ideas include animal fur (with solid colored wool for the gray lines) and a variegated wool for the small accent stitch or a floor with two shades of Princess Perle.  It would make an interesting stitch for a larger tree or even water.  I just love stitches that have so many applications.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Itty Bitty Oblique

This stitch is another wonderful stitch that adds a tiny little oomph to a small area. 

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The stitched sample uses six plies of Gloriana Silk Floss on 13-mesh.  This stitch is a great universal stitch; it would make a great chimney, small grass, tiny bag or basket, a tall narrow leaf, or even glass.  Do not forget to make it fit the space by using rotating it to fit the space.

If you want to dress it up a little, use a contrasting thread for the single stitch.  It could be really cute!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Technical Difficulties

I really, really like this stitch.  I am confident of this because this has been one of those posts that had multiple "technical difficulties" during every step (diagraming, stitching, and writing).  Every.  Single.  Step.  (Please ignore the fact those difficulties were of my own doing.)  But, I was so excited by this stitch that I kept going.  I give you the Triple Diamond.

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This stitch pops up in my Pinterest feed on a regular basis and I am always happy to see it.  I'm not sure the original teacher nor the original source, so all I have to offer is a broad "thank you!"  The diagram and stitch sample replicate the really clever color plan with three shades of a single hue plus a metallic. (The original post was blue and silver.)

As I was creating the stitched sample, I reached a point where I wasn't "done-done" but I still really liked it.  So, here's a variation with a slightly lighter touch.  

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I can't wait to use this stitch for a larger (and/or wider) area where I want to draw the eye.  It would make a great Santa coat or bag, large trees, even ground covering, or a large flower.  The second diagram provides a version where some of the shading can show through.  

Have fun with the thread combinations.  A dramatic stitch calls for dramatic threads.  Ideas include two hues of Very Velvet (diamonds) with Kreinik 1/16" ribbon surrounding the diamonds, Painters threads (diamonds) with wool or single strand silk for the surround, Lorikeet (diamonds) with Rainbow Linen or Grandeur for the surround.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Ouch

Today's stitch comes from our stitching friend, Ruth Schmuff, of Bedecked and Beadazzled.  I adore everything about this stitch from the offset diamonds on top of diamonds along with the perfect weight of the gold thread.  (Oh, and I adore Ruth.)

I say "ouch" because creating this stitch diagram made my head hurt.  I relied on the stitched sample more than most diagramming projects.  

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There were two keys that helped me navigate this stitch.  First, I stitched the stitch in two distinct steps.  Add the diamonds first (aqua lines), followed by the herringbone accent (gray lines).  Understanding it is a herringbone stitch will help you navigate the crisscrossing threads.

The stitched sample is from a beautiful geisha project from Ruth.  This stitch would be beautiful almost anywhere.  The area will help you determine the thread weight required.  That said, one thing that drew me to this stitch was the lightweight metallic.

The stitched sample establishes it works well for clothing with Soie D'Alger and Kreinik Japan Thread #1.  For a heavier look for clothing (or a bag), consider Very Velvet with Petite Silk Lame.  Another heavier look includes Planet Earth Silk with Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays or Caron Collection Rachele or Rachelette as the accent.  I would love to see it as a floor with an overdyed floss or silk with a solid matte accent such as Rainbow Gallery Subtlety or even a single strand of Impressions. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

I Can't Help Myself

You're either going to love me or hate me for this one.  My oblique obsession continues into this week's #smallspacesunday.  I continued playing after stitching the sample for the last #smallspacesunday and ended up with a teeny tiny Alternating Cashmere stitch! 

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The stitched sample uses four plies of Soie D'Alger and a Sundance bead for the accent (on 18-mesh).  The alternating oblique crosses filled the space just fine on their own, so there is a case to be made for not including the bead accent.  That is illustrated on the second (bonus!) stitched sample on Instagram.

I can't wait to use this for a tiny coat, dress, or ornament on a stocking.  It would serve well as greenery, with the accent being in a contrasting color.  I also see it as a perfect stitch for a small bird or even a leaf.  There are really countless applications for this stitch.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Open, Open, Open

I love today's stitch for many reasons.  Yes, it's an open stitch and my fondness for open stitches is well documented.  What drew me to it is the fact it challenged me, in a good way, on how open an open stitch can be.  

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The shape of this stitch is very simple and will not define the area it is used in.  I recommend it for an area that is a good size, where you are comfortable with the canvas and/or shading overshadowing the actual stitch, and an area that is not the main focus.    

I was introduced to it on an elegant martini glass.  This stitch on the glass was a charming surprise as my eye went to the olives and other objects near the glass.  

The stitched sample above is me playing with it for a sky with one ply of Floche and size 8 Kreinik Metallic on 18-mesh.  I would absolutely use this stitch for glass (say a martini glass), larger windows (say behind a Christmas tree), or a basket with beautiful shading.  It's a sweet and surprising stitch.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Double Trouble

Don't let the pink in the stitched sample fool you.  Today's stitch is a dramatic choice for an area you want to stand out.

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The stitched sample above is me playing with Pepper Pot Silk (base threads) and Entice (accent threads).  I added numbers to a pair of X's in the diagram to illustrate how I envision one laying on top of the other.

I purposely left an empty row in between the base threads to add more open space, especially if I choose to use this stitch on a beautifully shaded area.  I considered and discarded the idea of adding a bead in the oblique diamond area between the columns.  However, that would add more coverage and an extra dose of glamour.  

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You could also center both vertical stitches in the column, as illustrated on the right.  It's simply a matter of personal taste.  

This stitch is clearly for a large space and one that will stand out.  I recommend it for clothing, bags, large trees, even ground covering (on the right canvas).  Thread weights will play a large (no pun intended) role in where to use this stitch.  For example, lighter weight threads would make this stitch work for water, or even a sky.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Oblique Obsession

It is clear my current obsession is oblique stitches.  Today's stitch combines two small space stitches to create a great small and, not shockingly, oblique small stitch.

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The stitched sample uses two shades of Pepper Pot Silk on 13 mesh, illustrating what an aodrable stitch this could be for small greenery.  It would make a lovely addition to furniture, such as a blanket, pillow, or rug.  I love the idea of it as a coat on a small coat, using a matte thread for the over four stitch and a metallic for the over two stitch.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Start Small

I'm not going to lie...composite stitches used to intimidate me greatly.  I have a few great books on the subject and would read them with wonder.  "How did they think of this?  How did they see this?"

I can't speak for those teachers but I realized at a recent teaching event to "start small."  I knew what I wanted for a Santa hat, but a. didn't have those books nearby and b. would have been mortified pulling out a book.  So I punted.

I started with a group of one of my favorite stitches.  And then I proceeded to stare at the sheet for a minute, knowing I wanted space.  So I added an accent.  And then I was off to the races by simply repeating this pattern, creating this framework.  

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Personally, I loved the initial framework but wanted more.  So more was added including beads and a metallic accent with the final stitch for the Santa hat below.  It combines so many wonderful things that are perfect for the holidays.

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This stitch would work well for most areas where you want to draw attention.  It would make great clothing, large flower, even water.  It would also make very interesting greenery, with or without the bead.  It really depends on how much attention an area deserves.  Thread choices would be dictated by area.  You could combine some wonderful metallics, such as ThreadWorx Kreinik with 1-2 solid colored metallics for a wonderful water.  Greenery could include Lorikeet, Very Velvet, and/or Silk Straw.  Have fun with it!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away

I shared this stitch with a student at a recent embellishment class.  It's an extension of my love of tramme but it added key elements to the student's piece, specifically rain.  It was a perfect solution.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you.  The stitched sample uses two plies of Floche for every single turquoise line on the stitch diagram, resulting in a slightly more full coverage stitch.

I would love to use this stitch for a sky with a single strand of Subtlety and Petite Silk Lame.  Flip the diagram 90 degrees and you have a great stitch for water or grassy plains.  For the water, I would consider a lightweight Kreinik (size 8) in two different blues (one for the base thread and one for the accent thread).  The grassy plains could be brought to life with a solid colored single strand silk, such as Pepper Pot, for the base threads covered with Lorikeet for the accent threads.  I'm playing with thread choices for this stitch for a beach chair.  I'll be playing with combinations including Rainbow Linen or other tweedy threads for that one.  The alternating directions of the accent threads (gray lines) give this stitch a great texture for clothing, baskets, even tree trunks.  I hope these are good thoughtstarters for you.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

More Knitting

I hate stitching ruts.  And I am very guilty of falling into them.  One of my go-to small space stitches is the Knit Stitch.  Its first cousin is what is commonly known as the Kalem Stitch.

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I need to remember to use the Kalem Stitch more often.  I love the subtle directional element the Knit Stitch is unable to offer.  The Kalem Stitch offers more definition to the knit look due to the over-two-row stitch.  The stitched sample is Glisten on 13 mesh for an adorable scarf.  (Side note:  I can't wait for the new Glisten colors.)  This stitch lends itself best to clothing, but consider using it for baskets, small greenery, and perhaps a small animal or two. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

I Wish I Was Tall (Still)

This stitch is so exquisitely elegant.  So tall and elegant.  I love the simplicity of what looks like twisted diamonds.

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I placed four rows in between the columns as an example.  If you would like less open space, consider fewer rows in between.  You would also fill the space inside the diamonds with another diamond in a thread with a contrasting finish for a smoother look.

The most obvious use for this stitch is a background.  I saw it many years ago as the background for a gorgeous John Johanssen floral from Melissa Shirley.  It would be a really sweet background for any number of holiday pieces, as it adds to the whimsical spirit of Christmas pieces yet draws more attention to the main portion of the pieces. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Rabbit Holes

Sometimes falling into the Internet rabbit hole pays off.  Today's stitch is an example.  

I stumbled across this stitch via a photo on Pinterest.  I have no idea if it is exactly how it is stitched but I'm absolutely fine with this as it is diagrammed.  I love how the directional stitches are countered by small accents.  

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I want to play with this stitch endlessly.  My first thoughts are to use it for a floor, roof, or basket.  It would make beautiful clothing.  Change the darkest gray lines to beads and you will have a gorgeous dressy dress.  Use Very Velvet, Silk Lame, and Kreinik Metallic and you will have the most handsome of coats.  I used Burmilana, Wisper, and Lorikeet for a coat in the stitched sample.  It's really quite stunning.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!