I'm wrapping up 2015 with a classic diamond stitch. I call it the "Wrapped Diamond" because of the border surrounding it. (No pun intended. Really.)
This diamond is slightly different from other diamonds on this site. Specifically, the pattern is based on an odd number of rows.
The diamond pattern is over 3 rows, 5 rows, 7 rows, 7 rows, 5 rows, and ends with over 3 rows. The two that are over seven rows establish a larger open space at the top and bottom of the diamond, allowing a more pronounced accent.
To make this stitch easier to manage, add the diamonds first (aqua lines), followed by the borders surrounding the diamonds (gray lines) and ending with the french knot accents (black circles).
This diagram is a smidge deceiving as this stitch provides rather full coverage. The lines are thinner to illustrate the individual stitches. So, don't be concerned about the small gap between the outer rows of the diamond and the adjacent French Knot. That should not happen in your stitched version.
The stitched sample on Instagram is from a pumpkin sampler I did many moons ago. The threads are the same color values and provide a great choice for an an area where you want to be elegant yet still have a little pizazz. Combining colors and thread finishes and/or weights will make a great coat, rooftop, floor, or background. Using lighter weight threads in similar color values would lend themselves very well to a sky or pasture. Use your imagination!
These stitch diagrams, 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. 20 guides are available and more are in the pipeline.