Ride the Wave

Today's stitch is made for combining colors and finishes.  It's also an example of what skipping a row (or rows) does to expand the opportunities of a stitch.

I named the stitch Diagonal Waves.

The stitched samples on Instagram illustrates my point.

The stitched sample uses Very Velvet (gray lines), Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16) (aqua lines), and Fyre Werks (black lines).  I love the green accents in the middle of all the pink...and in the middle of a diagonal sequence.  To me, this is what makes this stitch so special.

This stitch is best for an area you want to draw attention to.  Thread choices for an attention grabbing stitch include any full coverage threads and, more importantly, contrasting colors.  I'm intentionally broad here because virtually any thread can be full coverage depending on ply count (for floss) and mesh count.

This stitch could be more subtle with lighter weight threads and elimination of a contrasting color.  Change the aqua lines to gray lines and it would make a fabulous water stitch because of the waves.  It could also be a beautiful sky.  

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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