Today's stitch came from two places. A stitching friend used it on a background for a floral piece. My plan was to borrow it from her piece. Imagine the very pleasant surprise when I realized I had it on one of my very own pillows! (You probably aren't surprised to learn I have more than my fair share of needlepoint pillows.)
The stitched sample is a single petal from a retired Melissa Shirley floral. (It's not on her site, but it is a cousin of this, this, and this canvas. (I have a sneaky suspicion I have at least one of cousins in my stash somewhere.)
The stitched sample uses a single strand of Impressions (turquoise lines in the diagram) and Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12) (gray lines). I recommend adding the diamonds in halves across the horizontal axis and following up with the Kreinik, weaving around the Impressions on the back of the canvas to minimize dragged threads. I absolutely love the end result. Quick tip on choosing the thread to use in dramatic open work. I gravitate towards the dominant color. In this case, for the entire flower, the dominant color was the yellow.
As I mentioned earlier, a stitching friend used this stitch for a lovely open background on a floral still life. It would also make a wonderful floor, wall, or roof. Clearly, it lends itself to use in a sampler. I would love to see it in the center of said sampler with other fun open stitches surrounding it.
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! Please enjoy!
A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible. The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence. For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order. They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color). Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines. That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!