Small Space Cheating

Not all small space stitches are over one row.  Give me a small space stitch over two rows and I feel like I won the lottery.

Yup.  Over two rows in alternating directions for each horizontal row.  Makes me downright giddy.  The beauty of this stitch lies in its simplicity and its perfect symmetry.

When combined with a lighter weight thread, it makes a great open stitch.  Consider it for a nicely painted bush in the background or windows with a Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid (#4).

There are two stitched examples on's Instagram account for this stitch.  The first is a full coverage use of this stitch for a shutter on a 3D Melissa Shirley house.  The second is a lighter application of the stitch with a metallic for a window on a soon to be released Melissa Shirley canvas.  

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on  

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