This stitch is unique, to say the least. And I love it. I've used it for a blouse and a piece of fruit. Yes, random areas but the proportions were perfect. It also makes a perfect snow covered roof.
When using this stitch for a roof, I strongly recommend a well-defined thread that keeps its shape, such as a Kreinik Metallic, for the dark gray line. If you want a little less bling on your roof, I recommend a lightweight Silk Pearl (Elegance, Grandeur, or Gloriana Princess Pearl) for the dark gray line. For the light gray line, Flair or Crystal Braid have the perfect amount of flexibility to cover the area without overwhelming it. The final touch is the bead between the rectangles. A clear, white, or clear opal bead would be perfect. Consider using light blue beading thread for the bead to add a unique smidge of color.
The two stitch samples are from the obscure objects I mentioned earlier. The first is from a blouse on a Melissa Shirley Indian Girl. The second is from a pear on Melissa Shirley's Vintage Pears...also known as my cat's favorite napping spot.
Changing directions on this stitch is especially impactful. This stitch on the vertical is perfect for a tall, slender area.
These stitch diagrams, 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 for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs. 27 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.