Here are samples of this week's #bystitchoftheweek,
Chessboard Filling Stitch. I did samples using 1-6 strands of #dmcfloss.
I learned a lot from this week's stitch.
This stitch is better the more strands you use. It helps to have bigger blocks of #satinstitch
to work with. If you're trying to keep your blocks square, those blocks are really small with 1-2 strands.
The instructions for this stitch say to do 4 vertical satin stitches for each block. This works well when you're using more strands, but it's not enough for 1-2 strands. Here's some good news. You can do any number of stitches within your blocks. It'll still work.
I was trying to hurry through these samples, and I noticed that my satin stitch blocks were super #wonky.
My blocks weren't very straight and had gaps. Ugh. I was afraid I was going to have to start over. I decided to move on to the #crossstitch
step anyway. Here's great news. Those cross stitches covered up those imperfections and made it all look so much better. Yea! 👍
If you're wondering if it's necessary to do the little tack stitch on such a small cross stitch, it does make a difference in the appearance. The tack stitch helps to tug those stitches together, so you can see more of the satin stitch.
When looking at the completed samples, i noticed the bottom color is not that visible. It creates a slight colored #shadow
to the cross stitches. It's an interesting effect, but if you want it to pop more, I would recommend using more strands for the satin stitch, and fewer strands for the cross stitches.
Have you tried this stitch? Show us your projects for #stitchshowsaturday.
We'd love to see your work.
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