Welcome to December! All but one of the stitches this month come from work I've done on Stitch Concepts (guides I write to accompany a formal embellishment class at a local store). I want to share them with you so you can play with them as well.
We begin with the combination of Diamonds and Chevrons. And it's a big stitch!
Honestly, this came to be because I wanted to do something different for a background. I knew it needed to be large and I wanted to do something I hadn't seen. I wasn't planning on adding the Upright Crosses in the diamonds but that space called out to be filled...and what a perfect way to add a contrasting color or finish (or both as I did in the stitched sample).
This stitch was created for a large solid colored background. It would be beautiful behind a floral still life. This stitch would work well for architectural elements such as a floor, wall, or even a roof. You could scale it down a little by reducing the height of the vertical connectors. Those connectors are four rows high in the diagram (and sample). Reduce them to two rows high, resulting in a more compact and useful design. I can see that version as clothing or even glass/windows.
On a side note, diagramming and stitching this reinforced how deceptive diagrams can be. As I was working on the diagram, I honestly thought this stitch may not be feasible as it would be too large. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit. It's even more of a shock with small stitches. They look so BIG in diagrams, yet they aren't.
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!