This stitch is easy, clever, and wildly deceiving...another Trifecta.
Now that Santa has a warm coat, he needs a complementary bag. This stitch is nothing more than vertical diamonds, yet the combo of similarly colored metallic threads make this stitch very elegant, understated, and stunning.
This diagram is best viewed alongside the stitched sample for this stitch. The stitched sample is found on whimsicalstitch.com's Instagram page.
There are four lines in the diagram, representing four different threads. The two dark gray lines (thin and wider) represent two different metallics in similar color values. The aqua line and the light gray line represent another two different metallics in similar color values (but different from the dark gray lines). (Note: I did not add the compensation stitches, as I do with most stitch diagrams, because I wanted the focus to be on the overall pattern.)
In the stitched sample, the dark gray lines are a very light gold/copper metallic (in Neon Rays and Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid #8). The aqua line and the light gray line are two separate cream colored metallics (Neon Rays and Flair).
It's a really easy stitch with such an elegant twist. It would also be great to mix colors and thread finishes to draw more attention to an area. This stitch would make a terrific coat, bag, roof, or floor. You could expand the diamonds (and the overall stitch) to create a really fantastic large space stitch. You may also consider eliminating the center diamond (the wide dark gray line) and covering that area in an (over) 2-4-6-4-2 (row) solid diamond for an even more subtle stitch.
This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.
If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs. 17 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.