Today's stitch is a full coverage stitch I found in a book forever ago. I had all but forgotten about it until I pulled out my Halloween decorations.
The stitched sample includes DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Flair. It's a tricky little stitch. Do NOT overlook the fact the beetles alternate sizes on the horizontal and vertical axises. I strongly recommend adding the beetles first (gray lines), and fill in the parallelograms (turquoise lines) when you are done with the beetles.
This full coverage stitch will draw attention to a medium- to large-sized space. It would be a fantastic coat or bag with rich threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Very Velvet, Soie D'Alger or Gloriana Silk Floss for the beetles. Combine those with a strong metallic such as Fyre Werks, Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16), Silk Lame, Rachelette, or Frosty Rays. It would make a wonderful basket or floor with lighter weight matte threads such as DMC Perle, Elegance, Subtlety, or Prescencia. Combine colors and finishes to get your desired effect.
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!