Today's stitch is a variation on a Beetle stitch. By enclosing the individual beetles within borders, it makes for a fun look!
The stitched sample on Instagram uses Elegance and Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) on 18-mesh.
I used lighter weight threads since it was a background stitch that I wanted to recede. This stitch, with lighter weight threads, would also work for a floor as it can mimic tiles. A student just used it on a seat cushion as the beetles offered a puffy look. It would also make a beautiful water stitch with two metallics with similar color values.
You could use this with heavier weight threads, such as Vineyard Silk or 6+ plies of strandable silk (such as Splendor) to give it some gravitas, say on a sampler, a piece of clothing, or a roof. The symmetry of this stitch (via the vertical stitches) make it highly adaptable to almost any medium to large area.
This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.
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