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.
At first glance, it looks a little boring, but it is tremendously versatile. Some know it as a canvas background stitch because you can work it easily and it 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 a canvas stitch put you off. In fact, you can work many of the canvas stitches on Aida (like the samples illustrated) or any even-weave fabric to 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 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 two varieties (there are a lot more) As you can see, they all have the same structure
This 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 or colour for the corner tie-downs. Swap between thick and thin, metallic and dull or explore colour combinations. Change the size of your stitches or add beads or French knots to really give the stitch a texture contrast. It is one of those simple stitches that can produce interesting results.
I hope you enjoy experimenting with Rice Stitch.
Floral themed Stitchers templates for hand embroiderers
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Enjoy your stitching!