It Takes a Village

It's been a little nutty around here for the last few weeks, so I counted on my village of stitcher friends to get me through.  Today's stitch is inspired by a project a friend shared with me a couple years ago.  I've included it on many personal and student projects. It's easy, versatile, and well-behaved.  

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I say well-behaved because this stitch just adapts to whatever area you put it in.  The example above is from a Santa coat, using Vineyard Silk and Shimmer Ribbon.  I've used or recommended it for snowmen with Crystal Braid (gray lines) and Flair (aqua lines), fruit with Soie D'Alger (gray lines) and Trebizond Silk (aqua lines), and backgrounds with Perle Cotton (gray lines ) and Kreinik Metallic (aqua lines).  And they all worked.

You could reduce the texture of the 2X2 square by replacing the Smryna Cross with four tent stitches or a 2X2 Mosaic stitch.  That combination makes me want to try it for a tabletop, a floor, or even a field of grass.  There are a lot of ways to play with this stitch.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Flip Flop

It's so much fun to be able to return to #stitchingsunday.  It's been too long!  Today's #stitchingsunday comes to us from our friend, Karen Hennessey, of the always adorable Zecca Designs.  

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She stitched up one of her new ornaments with a very recent #whimsicalwednesday stitch.  So, of course I love the stitch but I'm thrilled she flipped it on its side.  The stitched sample uses two plies of Soie D'Alger and a Sundance bead.   

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

It's About the Stitches...and the Threads

Today's stitch is a variation on a common theme on whimsicalstitch.com.  I do love my Oblique upright crosses.  But what I really like about this is the understated thread combination.

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This is the shirt from Joachin by Sandra Gilmore that I stitched in the early 2000's.  The threads are a single strand of Impressions (gray lines) and an overdyed floss for the vertical straight stitches in the center (aqua lines). I'm so used to mixing thread finishes in a stitch, this popped out to me.  It's a nice reminder contrast isn't exclusively thread finish.

As with most perfectly symmetrical stitches, this would be great for architectural elements such as a roof, floor, tabletop, or walls.  We see it works for clothing.  It would also make a great tree trunk or other greenery.  Not all greenery needs to be dramatic.  This is a good companion stitch where you have multiple green spaces.  Put the drama in the one you want to stand out and use this stitch for the other.  

Consider replacing the vertical straight stitch (aqua lines) with a single bead over two rows (in either direction!) for water, clothing, or even flower petals.  The bead technique makes this a more open stitch, so the shading will show through.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Kismet

I wanted a stitch.  I wanted a different kind of stitch.  I wanted a different kind of stitch that I liked.  Voila!  Enter the Marquis sisters.  We now have a stitch! 

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Eleanor and Liz (the aforementioned sisters) used this as a background for an Art Deco Melissa Shirley witch.  It's quite perfect as the background available to stitch was somewhat narrow and tall.  Eleanor used a single strand of Floche.  (Heart, be still.  I love Floche.)

This stitch offers a respectable amount of coverage for such an open stitch.  The doubling up of the hexagons is a nice touch and enhances the openness when paired with the long connectors. 

We already know it makes a great background.  I would love to flip it 90 degrees and use it as a sky or a body of water.  It will be great for architectural elements such as a roof, floor, wallpaper, etc.  When I play with it, I'm already thinking about stitch columns in alternating colors or finishes, or both.  For example, alternate a brown overdyed wool or cotton with a solid brown wool for a roof.  Another idea is to alternate two values of blue Kreiniks for a water stitch.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy! And thank you, Eleanor! 

Skinny Minny

I needed something different for a narrow and tall tree.  I love the Upright Cross Stitch for a tree, so I just put it on a diet. 

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The stitched sample uses six plies of DMC Cotton Floss and a cute pearl from SJ Designs on 13-mesh.  The open intersection is 2X2 rows.  If a large embellishment isn't the right thing for your space, consider a size 11 bead over two rows, four French Knots, four beads, an Upright Cross, or even a Smryna Cross.  If you would like less texture, consider four tent stitches, a 2X2 Mosaic stitch, or leaving it open.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I love Lorikeet for greenery.  In my opinion, mixing Lorikeet with a solid color thread is always a good look.  Consider Lorikeet for the gray lines and Glisten or Planet Earth Silk Opal for the accent stitch.   

This would make really pretty clothing with silk floss, such as Soie D'Alger or Waterlilies, combined with beads or a bright metallic.

Flip it 90 degrees and I think you have a wonderful water stitch.  For that, I would use a lightweight metallic and a bead, such as Kreinik size 8 and a size 11 bead (on 13-mesh) or Kreinik size 4 and a size 14/15 bead (on 18-mesh).   

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Ginabean

Today's stitch is an ode to short, powerful, and surprising.  Kinda like my dear friend, Gina(bean).  She's all kinds of short and awesome, just like today's stitch.  I think the technical name is Alternating Diagonal Mosaic, but I know it as the Ginabean.

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The stitched sample is Soie D'Alger with Entice for the accent.  Two things happened on the way to the stitched sample.  First, I really liked the stitch without the accent.  But, I also love it with the accent!  So, your stitched sample is both.  Magic! 

This stitch would make a great small almost anything.  The diagram includes a bead; the stitched sample uses a Cross Stitch in lieu of the bead.  The bead version would make fantastic water, angel wings, small dresses or aprons, somewhere where you may want a little extra pop or extra added femininity.  I see the Cross Stitch version as more multi-purpose.  Sure, I would use it for any of the items I mentioned for the bead as well as clouds, receding landscape, tree leaves, roof, water, angel wings, small dresses or aprons.  I think you get the idea.  

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

An Oldie but Goodie

Today's stitch is from one of my favorite workshop pieces.  I remember it well because this was one of the first times I changed a stitch on a workshop piece.  I felt like I was being so naughty!  To this day, I have no regrets.

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So, the bad news is I can't find the original stitched piece.  While that is embarrassing on many levels, it turns out to be a wonderful opportunity for us.  I stitched the sample using two different thread approaches.  The blue is the lovely and glorious Pashmina from Gloriana Threads.  The red is a matte/metallic combo with Vineyard Silk and Entice.  The point in providing both is the combo illustrates that the bottom thread is still visible, even clearly so.  (And I'm kinda digging the stripes.)

The original inspiration (that I'm still looking for) is a Vineyard Silk for a bush in a lovely yard scene.  This stitch is perfect for greenery and the like because it adds texture that is always good for shrubs.  Using the stitched sample as a thought-starter, play with it for a Santa's bag, basket, winter clothing, or even a rug.  If you are looking for a little less texture, try using flatter threads, such as Fyre Werks or silk or cotton floss, may reduce the texture a bit.  Also mix it up a little by using a metallic for the black lines and a matte thread for the gray lines.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Still Wishing I Was Tall

Today's stitch is something that has been flitting in and out of my Pinterest feed.  It's an easy way to add height to any area and looks good to boot.  Win win!

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The stitched sample is me playing with Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon and Gloriana Florimel (silk floss) that I had laying around to be put away.  I'm happy I did it in an atypical color combo because it illustrates the tall drama of this otherwise unassuming stitch.

Frankly, the Cross Stitch accent is completely optional, so the stitch could also enhance any beautiful painting. This would be wonderful as a field of grass, on either the horizontal or vertical axis.   Keeping the Cross Stitch intact, this would make an intriguing tree trunk.  Any wool or cotton floss would work for the turquoise lines.  Have fun with the Cross Stitch here.  Use Rainbow LInen or Straw Silk, as thought-starters.

This tall symmetry of this stitch also lends itself for elegant architectural applications, such as the columns of a fireplace mantle, or a door.   It would make a fantastic roof, especially on the horizontal axis.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

It Sure Doesn't Look Small

Today's stitch packs a lot of interesting detail for a small stitch. And it's fantastic.

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The stitched sample uses DMC Floss and Kreinik Metallic for a roof on a small house from a Melissa Shirley vintage Halloween village.  The symmetry makes it a perfect roof stitch.

The stitched sample used the same thread (the black Kreinik) to fill the open 2X2 intersections.  Using two different threads for those intersections, as the diagram illustrates, offers a bunch of fun ideas.  Consider it for a small coat or dress with Soie D'Alger for the black lines, Entice or Kreinik for the gray lines, and Petite Silk Lame for the turquoise lines.  Another idea is to combine Gloriana Lorikeet for the black lines, Straw Silk for the gray lines, and Vineyard Silk for the turquoise lines.  One last thought is to replace the gray lines with a bead and this could make a great small water stitch.  You can have a lot of fun with this.

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

Weaving In and Out

And here we are at the end of February and glorious Spring is almost here!  In honor of the pending spring, I bring you a cute little woven stitch! 

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While this looks like a Tramme stitch, it uses a different sequence.  Add the black lines first.  When complete, and only when complete, start at an outer edge and weave the thread under the groups of vertical stitches, alternating between two separate horizontal rows of stitches.

For this example, start at the upper right corner.  Weave the thread under the groups of stitches on the top row and the groups of stitches two rows BELOW.  Return to the top row, take the needle under the next group of stitches, and return to the next group on the axis below.  Repeat until you reach the end.  When you get to the end, repeat this sequence in reverse.  Start on the third row of groups of five stitches and weave UP to include the second row of stitches. 

This stitch is quick and easy...seriously.  I used a variation of this stitch for the back panel of a wicker chair.  It was a perfect fit for the chair and maximized the beautiful shading behind the chair.   Other ideas include a basket using Rainbow Linen or Lorikeet.  It would make a great fence with wools.   It would also make a really charming roof.  The stitched sample uses Pepper Pot (aqua thread) and Gloriana Princess Perle (white thread).  I urge you to use single strand threads, especially for the top threads, to avoid any snagging when weaving the second thread underneath.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Blackwork...in Blue & Gold

Today's stitch is another adventure down my favorite rabbit hole of pattern stitching (aka blackwork).  This is a beautiful embroidery pattern I discovered on Pinterest and translated for needlepoint.

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The stitched sample uses Gloriana Duchess Silk and Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16).  Let's talk about the sequence for a moment.  Speaking from my vast experience stitching this stitch (okay...the stitched sample), I strongly recommend adding the pinwheels first (black lines on the diagram/blue lines on the stitched sample).  Since the pinwheels fit into each other and are offset, there's no easy way to do this.  I strongly recommend starting near the center and stitching outwards. 

With the diagram nearby, use a simple backstitch to create the pinwheels.  Drag the thread as needed to begin or connect new pinwheels.  The stitch sequence will vary with each pinwheel, so be patient and pay close attention to the diagram.  Try to stay one step ahead of a pinwheel, meaning always look for the pinwheel shape to guide your stitching.  (I hope that will make sense as you stitch it.)  Adding the large X's in the center will be so easy when you're done! 

This stitch would be wonderful for so many areas.  The first thing that pops into my head is what a wonderful floor it would make, using a silk or cotton perle in two different colors.  It would make a wonderful coat with Very Velvet, Pepper Pot Silk, or Gloriana Duchess Silk and a rich Kreinik Metallic. Have fun with it.  It's a really special stitch.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Just How Open is Open?

Today's stitch is a great variation of Reverse Basketweave.  I recall when I was first encouraged to use this for a window on a small Halloween house.  It makes me giggle to think about how nervous I was.  I was convinced that it was too open to be a window.  I was wrong.

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As with most window stitches, I recommend a single strand metallic such as Petite Silk Lame (for 13-mesh) or Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid (#4)  (for 18-mesh). 

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

Ooh Tall La La!

Today's stitch is a whole lot easier than last week's...and much more pink.  Somehow pink makes so many things better.

The stitch is a very straightforward Parisian Variation.  Instead of the traditional over-4 and over-2 rows, I added height to it by changing the over-4 to over-6. 

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The stitched sample uses Rainbow Gallery Cashmere and Silk Lame.  

This stitch would be great for any number of areas that you want to add a little something-something to, yet don't want to go nuts.  The over-6 stitch adds height to this stitch, making it great for walls, tree trunks, pants, chimneys...all kinds of essential needlepoint-y things.

Don't overlook flipping it 90 degrees and stitching it on the horizontal axis.  That would work really well for wide fields, sand, or distant mountains.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Confession Time

Today is a blog in two parts.  First, I'm offering up a fun Scallop Stitch with four(!) different and fun options for filling.  The second part spends a little extra time on one of the fillings.  

The stitch is a scallop stitch over three rows.  The topmost points of the scallops in subsequent rows are centered along the lowest point of the row above, creating small shell-shaped spaces in between the horizontal columns of scallops. 

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There are four ideas to fill the empty space (from top to bottom):  Eyelet Stitch (turquoise lines on diagram, purple thread in diagram), Traditional Leaf Stitch (light gray lines on diagram, blue thread in diagram), Shell Stitch (yellow lines on diagram, white thread in diagram), Oblique Tied Stitch (aqua lines on diagram, purple thread in diagram).  Feel free to mix and match the scallops and filling stitch to your heart's desire.  The stitched sample uses Gloriana Florimell (yellow thread), Kreinik 1/16" ribbon, Kreinik Medium Braid (#16) (purple thread), and Gloriana Princess Perle (white thread). 

Personally, I like the idea of the Eyelet or Oblique Tied Stitch as a single filling.  Each offers a smidge of open work and lightness to the overall stitch.  Conversely, I like the combination of the Traditional Leaf and Shell Stitch on alternating horizontal rows.  They are very similar in shape (but not exactly the same!) and I like the alternating directions the two fillings offer.  This is all a matter of personal taste!  Mix and match to your delight.

Now it's time for my confession.  This is the first time I've included an eyelet stitch on my blog.  My confession is they make me nervous.  Today, this changes.

Eyelet stitches are adorable and I appreciate what they can add to a piece, as the added element of a larger hole draws the eye in a unique way.  And therein lies my fear...that the larger holes I create will not be identical sizes and chaos reigns.  (I have enough chaos with my new kitten.)

Here's how I navigated this for the eyelet stitch above.  A tapered laying tool is critical, as it provides more control over the size of the final hole.

 Use a tapered laying tool as a guide for consistent eyelet hole sizes.  Final knotted ribbon on laying tool.  Just make sure it's tight!

Use a tapered laying tool as a guide for consistent eyelet hole sizes.  Final knotted ribbon on laying tool.  Just make sure it's tight!

Insert the laying tool in the hole from the front of the canvas and gently push it down until the hole is the desired size.  Don't remove the laying tool yet.  Tie a wide piece of a stash thread (e.g., silk ribbon) where the laying tool meets the canvas on the front, creating a guide for future holes.   

Tie the thread tight, pull the laying tool out of the hole, and complete the knot by tying it again, making sure is tight.  Move across the canvas, creating holes as needed.  Revisit any outlier holes and repeat the process if required to make the hole larger. (I recommend silk ribbon because it is not a slippery thread and will, if tied tightly, stay still on the laying tool.) 

Sometimes, you might make a hole a little too large (compared to other eyelet holes).  To make that hole smaller, use the eye end of a size 22 needle to push the canvas threads back into place.  Put the needle in the immediately adjacent hole, and gently push the needle against the canvas thread, helping nudge the thread back into place.  You may need to do this on all four sides of the hole.  It may take a couple pushes, so be patient.  You can push them back and start over again or just push in a bit to get it to the desired size.  Use your judgment.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Baby Leaves!

I love finding new (to me) small stitches as it is always good to expand your repertoire beyond your traditional small stitches.  I continue to be amazed at how many small space stitches are out there.  Today's is especially cute!

I love a good leaf stitch and today's is a perfect one for a small space.  It's offers generous coverage and is just plain cute.

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The diagram is colored to offer clarity on the steps.  Personally, I would stitch the diamonds first (dark gray lines) and add the leaves afterwards (light gray lines).  As always, thread selection truly depends on the look you are going for. 

Clearly, this stitch would make a great tree or shrub.  A single overdyed floss or silk would be lovely (for the entire stitch).  If the area has room for more personality, consider using two different shades of a single color.  The stitched sample uses three plies of Soie D'Alger on 18-mesh.  Adding one more ply certainly wouldn't hurt.  

The diamonds around the small leaves extend its appeal beyond greenery.  If this isn't going to be foliage, for goodness sake, have fun with dramatic color and finish combinations. Frankly, it would make an adorable coat or a floor covering.  For the coat, I think a combo of Very Velvet plus a deep Kreinik Metallic or Entice would be gorgeous.  For a lighter look, try silk perle (Rainbow Gallery Elegance or Subtlety, or Gloriana Princess Perle) for the diamond and a Petite Silk Lame for the inside.   

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

Santa Came in January!

With all the holidays this month, it was a so fun to receive an email giving me a gift.  My new friend, Amy Poore, sent me today's stitch and stitched sample.  It's adorable!

I've seen versions of this stitch around and really like what Amy did with it.  It's a fun mix of diagonal and straight stitches, with some alternating directions thrown in for good measure.

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Amy used a single color of Pepper Pot for this stitch as a background on one of her new pieces and it's adorable.  I recommend stitching it in horizontal columns to keep the straight lines wrapped crisply around the edges.  Don't obsess with dragging threads as needed as it is a pretty full coverage stitch.  This stitch is great for anything you need to add texture and height to, such as pants, a chimney, a tree trunk...you get the idea.

I've seen versions of this on the horizontal and it's equally charming.  It makes a great ground cover, open field, or even clouds. 

Threads are dictated by the area of course.  But, I do have a hankering to see this done with threads in two different finishes (one for the straight lines and one for the diagonal lines).  I have seen this stitch as a ground cover in the combo of an overdyed and solid thread.  It was gorgeous.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Christmas in January

Come on, you knew today had to be Christmas, since we've celebrated almost every other fall holiday the past couple weeks. 

Today's small stitch is a really cute darning stitch, a technique I love. Unlike most of my go-to darning stitches, this one is on the diagonal.  And it's great.  I need to do this more.

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As a reminder, darning stitches are similar to running stitches, where you begin at one edge and weave your way up and down across to the opposite edge, whether that is on the horizontal, vertical or, like today, diagonal axis.  Unlike traditional stitches with a crisp, wrapped edge, darning stitches are much smoother across their respective path.

Darning stitches are great for areas that you want to soften a bit, or want to have some of the beautiful painting show through.  I (over)use darning stitches for floors and walls, skies, sand, or tree trunks, to name just a few. Today's stitch is illustrated as a background for Mile High Santa. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

Thanksgiving in January

Last week was Halloween so, of course, this week is Thanksgiving, right?

Today's stitch comes from an apron on a vintage Melissa Shirley Thanksgiving stand-up.  It's a wonderful balance of open, interesting, and sweet.  

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I recommend adding the gray lines first.  Fill the smaller diamond with a single Upright Cross, followed by four Upright Crosses in the larger diamond.  The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Shimmer Ribbon as the accent thread (on 18-mesh). 

I love the mix of thread finishes in the stitched sample.  The single hue makes for a classic look.  Along these lines, I see this stitch (and single hue combo) as perfect for a shirt, field of grass or dirt, tablecloth, clouds, maybe even water.  It strikes the right balance between open and full coverage stitches, allowing the shading to play a role in your final stitched piece.

Mixing colors and finishes would make this a great stitch for more dramatic clothing such as a coat or dress.  I imagine the gray lines with a rich red velvet, the group of four Upright Crosses in a deep red metallic, and the single Upright Cross in a gold or silver metallic.  Try it for a roof or basket with Rainbow Linen for the diagonal lines, Straw Silk for the single Upright Cross, and an overdyed Perle Cotton for the group of four Upright Crosses.  Just a few thought-starters for you!

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

Halloween in January

The blog posts for the remainder of the month unveil a secret about me.  I've been negligent in returning my Christmas decorations...okay, some Halloween decorations as well...to storage.  The good news for me is I didn't have to scrounge for stitched samples.  The good news for you is today is Halloween!

Today's stitch is illustrated as a background for a vintage Melissa Shirley Halloween ornament.

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It is very simple.  The core stitch element is five straight stitches six rows high (on the vertical).  After the core elements are complete, add an accent thread across the top in the middle on the horizontal axis.  Voila!  Perfect background, floor, wallpaper, basket, dress...even a large window!

The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Shimmer Ribbon as the accent thread (on 18-mesh). 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy! And happy, happy 2018!

Sometimes Being Right Isn't Everything

And that's because today's stitch comes from another mistake!  The diagram below was my first attempt at diagramming this adorable window stitch, it wasn't quite right.  It wasn't right because it didn't match the stitched sample, but it's still a cute stitch on its own merits.  So meet the Patterned Cross Stitch's cousin, the Patterned Cross Stitch!

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My counsel for this version is the same as the cousin.  Use it to help an area recede, such as a sky or a horizon behind a beautiful landscape, or to let how the canvas is painted standout.  The pink area of this canvas was so cute that I didn't want to overdo it.  It's also a foolproof way to highlight shading in a small area.  A stitch like this is always top of mind for water or windows.  I recommend using lightweight threads with a stitch this gentle.  For example, the stitched sample uses Trebizond Silk on 18-mesh.  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!