Separation Issues

Today's stitch bounced around my social media feeds for a few weeks. I avoided it at all costs because it confused me and I don't use a lot of overtly diagonal stitches.

Then it showed up again and I gave in and had to dissect it.  Separation issues were a good thing here, as once I separated it into two distinct steps, it was least for me.

Take a look at the final product first and think about how you would break it down.

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Did you think to do it in one ongoing stitch?  That's what I couldn't get my head around.  So, I broke it down into two steps and everything came together.  

The diagram uses two colors to indicate the two steps which, in my opinion, makes it easier to navigate.  (Note: most of my stitch diagrams use multiple colors.  While this can often be interpreted as a second [or third] thread, it also denotes steps within a diagram.)

The stitched sample on Instagram illustrates the two steps with one thread.  

The stitched sample uses Gloriana Silk Floss for a sky.  This stitch makes a great sky (obviously), especially one you want to stand out.  For the same reason, this stitch works well for water or ground cover.  There is a strong directional element, as well as a certain drama surrounding the stitch, making it perfect for nature.  

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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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Enjoy!