Beyond Bling

Who says you have to use threads to create a pattern?

That darn Melissa Shirley combined threads and beads to create a beautiful pattern on a vase recently.  What was so striking about this combo is that the beads did virtually all of the heavy lifting.  Take a look.

Here's a diagram I mapped out based on the above.  It's a tiny bit different as I didn't want the Herringbone effect with the single thread.

You could also eliminate the thread altogether and still create a pattern.  That said, for this example, it is best you are not a member of #teamfullcoverage.

You could absolutely fill the open space with vertical straight stitches or even a tied Upright Cross.  That said, I just love the idea of an open diamond pattern with nothing but beads.  It would be perfect for a vase, medium to small body of water, or even a flower.  

These stitch diagrams, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, sells stitch guides for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  34 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

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