Don't let the pink in the stitched sample fool you. Today's stitch is a dramatic choice for an area you want to stand out.
The stitched sample above is me playing with Pepper Pot Silk (base threads) and Entice (accent threads). I added numbers to a pair of X's in the diagram to illustrate how I envision one laying on top of the other.
I purposely left an empty row in between the base threads to add more open space, especially if I choose to use this stitch on a beautifully shaded area. I considered and discarded the idea of adding a bead in the oblique diamond area between the columns. However, that would add more coverage and an extra dose of glamour.
You could also center both vertical stitches in the column, as illustrated on the right. It's simply a matter of personal taste.
This stitch is clearly for a large space and one that will stand out. I recommend it for clothing, bags, large trees, even ground covering (on the right canvas). Thread weights will play a large (no pun intended) role in where to use this stitch. For example, lighter weight threads would make this stitch work for water, or even a sky.
This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.
If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides and stitch concepts for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster. 48 guides are currently available and more are in the works!
I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!