Stitch of the Month
September 2005: Embossed Framed Diagonal Mosaic Variation

by Sharon G

This stitch is one of those things that happened by accident while stitching on a plane and fighting a nap. Somehow I lost my path and the embossed framed diagonal mosaic variation happened. I kept adding elements to it till it looked done.

Figure 1 - Stitched Sample
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Figure 1 - Stitched Sample

Figure 2 - Painted Canvas
Figure 2 - Painted Canvas

I began with a very familiar dot pattern as shown in the painted canvas in Figure 2. This is a familiar painted pattern which some of us fret about filling with something a little bit different. When I painted it into a tiny space of about 1 inch wide by 1-1/2" long, I compounded the problem.

The space to fill was small and it also needed to be shaded. Overdyed Gloriana silk to the rescue, and with my trusty Kreinik Blending Filament and a few beads, I ended up with a nice stitch that shaded and made a good place to put beads. My love for beading on needlepoint can get me carried away. When I design a canvas, I think, "Now, where can I put the beads?"

I shaded by blending my silks using 3 strands. I was able to get nice, graduated shading.

When I added the beads, I saw it needed something more to define the stitches. In the directions I ask you to add the beads last. It will be easier and your threads will not snag on the beads. In my case, I did the beads before the embossing, but in my case I had no idea I was going to use the Blending Filament.

Have fun!


Diagram 1
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Diagram 1: I broke down the stitch into two parts to make the counting easier. I find it is easier to do the over-two part of the stitch and add the tent (shown in Diagram 2) later, whether you are working in a solid color or want to use two different colors.

The green dots indicate where the beads will be placed in Diagram 3, Step 2. Do not place your beads now unless you enjoy getting your threads hung up on the beads.

If you do not want to use beads, you can establish your pattern by placing over-one cross stitches or French knots in place of the beads. If you choose not to use beads, you can do this step first.

Please note: If you are blending colors or shading, you should proceed to Diagram 2 and do the tent stitches (shown in grey) and the stitches over two (shown in blue) all at one time. If you are using two separate colors or a single color you may work them separately.

I used 3 strands of Gloriana Silk Floss. Depending on your thread and the coverage desired, you should play with the thread to achieve the coverage you want.


Diagram 2
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Diagram 2 shows the placement of the tent stitches. After your stitches over two are placed, and space for your beads is reserved, fill in all other areas with tent stitch. You will use the same number of strands as you did in the first step.


Diagram 3
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Diagram 3, Step 1 shows in red the embossing with Blending Filament. Use one strand of Blending Filament or a similar-weight thread. This step is added to define the stitch.

Diagram 3, Step 2 shows the placement of the size 14 beads. This step completes your embossed framed diagonal mosaic variation.


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