Diamond Columns

This stitch is one of my favorite backgrounds, especially white-on-white.

The background is columns of diamonds connected by straight lines.  It is best to work this stitch vertically by column.

Create the diamond in the diagrammed sequence (numbered steps), illustrated in left diagram.  The next step (the lettered steps) adds the connector.  When done with B, return to A and repeat the numbered steps.  Repeat until the area is full of diamonds.  Add the Upright Crosses inside each diamond to complete the stitch. 

You can adjust the length of the connectors to suit your space.  I've done connectors over three rows, four rows (as diagrammed above), and as many as six rows.  It depends on the size of the space and the amount of open canvas you want to display.

This stitch works for baskets, floors, foliage (with a short connector), or clothing with large areas to stitch so there is room for the pattern to emerge.  More often than not, I use this as a background stitch, as illustrated by the stitched sample on Instagram.    

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

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