More Darlingness

The basis for this stitch is called "Main Network of Four-Way Enlarged Hot Wheels."  I prefer "More Darlingness."  (Thank you to Ann Strite-Kurz for the stitch inspiration and apologies for the name change.)

The dark gray lines define the stitch concept.  The heart of the stitch exists in the large diamond center.  The yellow tied cross in the center is just a thought starter.  Consider Smryna Crosses, more diamonds, or leave it blank.  

In my stitched sample, I used a matte thread for the gray lines, a metallic for the yellow lines, and a single bead in the intersection to keep it clean and simple.  There are many alternatives for the intersection spot, including more beads, as illustrated at the bottom of the diagram.  Truly, the only limit is your imagination.  (The stitched sample can be found on's Instagram account.)

I discovered this stitch years ago and used it once for a solid colored background on a JP piece.  You really need a large space to pull it off.   The pillow still sits on my front window seat...I have yet to tire of it.  That's always a good thing.

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I hope you have the perfect space for this stitch and enjoy it!