Up (or Down) We Go!

Today's stitch is a great way to add direction to your space.  While the theme of nature carries over from last week, this more subtle stitch is on a much smaller scale.

There's a certain elegance to it that I love.  Let's start with going up (left diagram)!

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Going down is just as pretty (diagram on right).  I love how the alternating stitch widths (over two or three rows) add a gentle directional element to this stitch.  I skipped a row between columns to add definition but it would certainly work with no skipped rows.

As this is a smaller stitch, I didn't add compensation stitches (unlike other #whimsicalwednesday diagrams).  This allows the pattern to be clearer.  

As I look at the diagrams, this is a great stitch for mirror patterning, such as wings on opposite sides of an angel.  It would also work for a tail.  (Am I the only one who sees a whale tale in the second diagram?  If not, please know this was not intentional.)

I played with some Mandarin Floss on 18-mesh for the stitched sample.  It would be fine to add a metallic or contrasting color on the rows in between but it is also pretty just by itself.

These stitch diagrams, 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!  Enjoy!