Diagonal Mosaic is often one of the first stitches new needlepointers learn. Here are five stitches that take this popular stitch and vary it.
Open Diagonal Mosaic
Line up rows of this stitch so only the longest stitches touch and you get this simple variation.
Take that open stitch, above, and add a line of reverse stitches between the rows. If you stitch everything in the same thread, it’s a very subtle texture. If you stitch it in another thread, it makes a bolder accent.
Rows of Diagonal Mosaic alternate with rows of reverse diagonal Hungarian motifs. Stitching in two colors makes the Hungarians stand out.
Alternating Diagonal Mosaic
By taking bits of Diagonal Mosaic and alternating them so that they cross. You can fill in the open intersection with Cross Stitches, beads, knots, or Tent Stitches. Make it in one color, although it’s diagrammed in more.
This stitch shows another way to organize those bits of Diagonal Mosaic to create a more open stitch. Put another stitch in the 2×2 open areas if you want a more filled stitch.