This tutorial offers a step by step illustration of Rice Stitch and explores some of its variations including a stitch called Boss Stitch.
Rice stitch is also known as Crossed Corners and William and Mary stitch. This is thought of as a canvas stitch, but as you can see it can be worked on aida or linen too.
At first glance it looks a little boring but it is tremendously versatile. It is known as a canvas stitch background because it can be easily worked and covers the ground quickly. To be honest I am a little addicted to it as I love mixing my threads in the different layers or parts of the stitch.
Don’t let the fact that it is and canvas stitch put you off however because many of the canvas stitches can be worked on Aida (like the samples illustrated) or any even weave fabric with great effect. If you want to work it on other fabric or over an area of crazy patchwork use waste canvas.
How to work Rice Stitch
This is an illustrated step by step on how you work Rice stitch. As you can see it is very simple consisting of a cross stitch foundation with a second layer of diagonal stitches added to each arm of the cross.
How to work Variety 1 and 2 of Rice Stitch
I want to share 2 varieties (there are a lot more) As you can see they all have the same structure
The first variety is a cross worked over more threads so that the diagonal stitches sit apart slightly.
The next variety has 3 diagonal stitches worked across each bar.
You can really have fun with this stitch particularly if you change threads. You can use one thread or colour for the large cross and another thread of colour for the corner tie downs. Swap between thick and thin, metallic and dull or explore colour combinations. Change the size of your stitches and you can always add beads or French knots to really give the stitch a contrast of texture. It is one of those simple stitches that can produce interesting results.
How to work Square Boss Stitch
Square Boss stitch is also known as Raised Knot Stitch. Don’t ask me why as I don’t know. However it is so similar to Rice stitch I have decided to group these two stitches together as many of the experiments you can do with Rice stitch you can also do with Square Boss.
Square boss starts with a larger cross stitch and the tie stitches are tucked further to the crossed threads in the middle. This means that the pattern established varies from Rice stitch but it is really a variety.
I hope you enjoy experimenting with both these stitches.