If you have stitched Nobuko in the past, Double Nobuko is similar, except that there are two long stitches followed by two short stitches. I enjoy this stitch, but I had forgotten about it until I was reading the new Pointer Sisters book (reviewed here). I decided to use it for the white parts of this penguin from Heidi. The diagram is below.
Even though the change is simple between Nobuko and Double Nobuko, there is a big difference in the finished look. Nobuko, used in the sky of the mission pictured below, creates an overall texture.
Double Nobuko creates a stripe. The stripe is always in the opposite direction of the direction you stitch the rows. You can see by the vertical stripes on the penguin’s belly, that this stitch was done in horizontal rows.
Double Nobuko makes a great background. Think about using it as a background for striped focal points.