Santa Came in January!

With all the holidays this month, it was a so fun to receive an email giving me a gift.  My new friend, Amy Poore, sent me today's stitch and stitched sample.  It's adorable!

I've seen versions of this stitch around and really like what Amy did with it.  It's a fun mix of diagonal and straight stitches, with some alternating directions thrown in for good measure.

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Amy used a single color of Pepper Pot for this stitch as a background on one of her new pieces and it's adorable.  I recommend stitching it in horizontal columns to keep the straight lines wrapped crisply around the edges.  Don't obsess with dragging threads as needed as it is a pretty full coverage stitch.  This stitch is great for anything you need to add texture and height to, such as pants, a chimney, a tree trunk...you get the idea.

I've seen versions of this on the horizontal and it's equally charming.  It makes a great ground cover, open field, or even clouds. 

Threads are dictated by the area of course.  But, I do have a hankering to see this done with threads in two different finishes (one for the straight lines and one for the diagonal lines).  I have seen this stitch as a ground cover in the combo of an overdyed and solid thread.  It was gorgeous.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!