Don't Say No to Nobuko

This is another stitch that defies my limited memory.  Just like last week's post about the Ribbon Background, I always return to a stitched piece or a book to refresh my memory on this one.

It's called Nobuko and I love its pattern and symmetry.  It's one of the few stitches I don't automatically balance matte threads with a metallic accent.  I don't necessarily have a rational reason, except for the fact I first used this stitch for the leaves on a tree.  

The only trick is to remember to put the yellow accent stitches in the same direction as the wider stitches in the same column.  Once you catch that pattern, it is my opinion this stitch becomes easier.

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