Speaking of Star Octagon...

Last week, I reminded you about Star Octagon on TBT.  It is a great stitch and it is also a great case study for skipping a row.  As you may also recall, I recently shared a stitch that found its magic in skipping a row, specifically the Alternating Cashmere variation.

I tried the same approach on Star Octagon...and loved it.

I like the empty centers.  It's a great way to show off the beautiful painting on so many of today's hand painted canvases.  However, they can be filled with Upright Crosses, a Rhodes stitch, or even more beads.  The space will tell you what to do.  

This stitch would work great on water, a sky, a bird's chest or wing, many pieces of clothing...even grass (with a cross-stitch in the center instead of a bead).  There are a lot of possibilities.  

Unfortunately, there is no stitched sample on Instagram this week.  Instead, to keep the stitching theme going on Instagram, I posted a picture of my cat, Lola, helping me stitch.  She's very good at helping.  Just ask her.  

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