Stitch of the Month
July 2009: Russell Variant

by Tony Minieri

*** This stitch can be used for clothing and makes an excellent background pattern. I like this stitched in single strands of stranded silk and fine braid for minimal coverage. You can rescale the verticals to any length you want, and space them as few or as many threads apart within a vertical row as you wish.

First stitch the straight stitches with a metallic thread. The straight stitches are worked as running stitches. Rather than wrapping around the back of the canvas like most satin style stitches, this is worked in vertical rows snaking the thread through the canvas. The stitches are 3 threads apart within a row and each row descends 1 thread diagonally down from the previous row.

Work three rows of verticals and then fill between the verticals with the diagonal stitches. Continue in this fashion till area is finished.

To stitch on the Mystery Project for 2009

Verify that you are stitching in the correct section by referring to the roadmap diagram here.

AREA 6. STITCH 6

Using 3 strands of B1________________ for the diagonal stitches and 1 strand of B3 _________________for the straight stitches, execute this area in Russell Variant. The straight stitches are worked as running stitches.

Rather than wrapping around the back of the canvas like most satin style stitches, this is worked in vertical rows snaking the thread through the canvas. The stitches are 3 threads apart within a row and each row descends 1 thread diagonally down from the previous row. Work three rows of verticals and then fill between the verticals with the diagonal stitches. Continue in this fashion till area is finished.

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