I shared this stitch with a student at a recent embellishment class. It's an extension of my love of tramme but it added key elements to the student's piece, specifically rain. It was a perfect solution.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. The stitched sample uses two plies of Floche for every single turquoise line on the stitch diagram, resulting in a slightly more full coverage stitch.
I would love to use this stitch for a sky with a single strand of Subtlety and Petite Silk Lame. Flip the diagram 90 degrees and you have a great stitch for water or grassy plains. For the water, I would consider a lightweight Kreinik (size 8) in two different blues (one for the base thread and one for the accent thread). The grassy plains could be brought to life with a solid colored single strand silk, such as Pepper Pot, for the base threads covered with Lorikeet for the accent threads. I'm playing with thread choices for this stitch for a beach chair. I'll be playing with combinations including Rainbow Linen or other tweedy threads for that one. The alternating directions of the accent threads (gray lines) give this stitch a great texture for clothing, baskets, even tree trunks. I hope these are good thoughtstarters for you.
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!