Today's #smallspacesunday stitch is a quiet and easy stitch.  It utilizes the easiest and smallest stitch of all, Plain Needlepoint.  You can also use a Cross Stitch to add effect.  (I discussed the Cross Stitch a couple weeks ago.)

Dotted Swiss is really lovely and classy.  I've used versions of it for backgrounds, small spaces, and clothing.  It brings a tiny little pop to a traditional stitch. The diagram below includes a Cross Stitch variant.

Needless to say, the pop is defined by the color contrast between the two threads.  There are two stitched samples for this stitch on whimsicalstitch.com's Instagram account.  The first is a sail on a sailboat where I used a blue metallic as the base thread and a white floss as the accent.  The second example is a tone on tone background, using all Plain Needlepoint (and a slightly different Dotted Swiss pattern).  Another idea is to use a lightweight matte thread like Elegance or Pearl #8 with a Very Velvet as the cross stitch accent.  That would add a surprising pop of texture.

The fact that this stitch can be used for a background or the smallest of items on a canvas demonstrates its uniqueness.

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

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