While I usually stitch gingham by using three different colors of thread, which gives a more blocky look, gingham is also a simple plaid. The late Judy Harper wrote a tutorial about stitching this, the simplest of plaids.
I really like the way she has analyzed how to stitch the plaid. By stitching stripes of every other stitch, the plaid emerges from your stitching.
- Always stitch the vertical stripes first.
- Stitch these stripes on the vertical threads.
- Mark your canvas, or, my preference, have a chart.
I would also add that unless your plaid is a simple gingham, write down the sequence of rows and colors –I find it helps me get used to the pattern by writing it down.
The post is glorious with many pictures of lovely needlepoint, including a beaded heart, done with this type of pattern.
This technique works with any plaid. So you can use it for making birthday plaids, tartans, checks and original plaids. If you want complete instructions or charts for any plaid, I offer a plaid charting service, which can still be gotten in time for Christmas.