Welcome to more diamonds. While I love the stitch, this post is really a story of threads.
Take a close look at the stitched sample. It is an interesting exercise in thread weights and distinct finishes.
The parallelograms surrounding the 6X6 diamonds are two different grays on the diagram and two different matte threads on the stitched sample. The dark gray lines represent DMC Perle Cotton and the light gray line represents Vineyard Silk. The diamond is filled with two different metallic threads. The aqua lines are Shimmer Ribbon and the teal lines are Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12).
This is not the only way to stitch this stitch. Feel free to stitch the parallelograms in a single thread. Depending on which part of the stitch (the parallelograms or the diamonds) you want to pop, adjust the thread weights accordingly. Consider metallic parallelograms with velvet diamonds. Try two different colors of a matte thread for the parallelograms with one color (but two threads) for the diamonds. There are so many things you can do with this stitch. It's great for any number of large areas...large fruit (as illustrated in the stitched sample), clothing, baskets, roofs, or floors, just as thought-starters.
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!