Woven Hungarian is one of my favorite stitches and, I confess, you will find it on virtually every piece I stitch. It's a great stitch for large or small spaces. What often is overlooked is its scalability.
The base pattern includes alternating rows of sequences of three, with stitches going over two or three rows. Depending on how much shading you want to show through or how dressed up the stitch needs to be, the black accent stitch can be a cross stitch, french knot, bead, or empty.
When you expand it, things start to get interesting, especially for large spaces such as skies, water, and large spaces in what I call "master-pieces," meaning very large dramatic canvases with large areas to fill.
The first expansion is increasing the length of the stitches from two and three rows to four and five rows.
The last variation expands four and five rows to six and seven rows. And it's huge. And I love what it could do for a large canvas, especially a sky or gorgeous kimono. I have no other name for this, other than massive.
Goldilocks always thought the smallest object was the best but, in this case, the larger alternatives are more than fascinating.
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. Ten guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.