Hexagonal stitches are fairly rare in needleppoint. But a hex-based background can be the perfect solution when you canvass highlights bees or chickens. For bees, the hexes echo honeycomb. For chickens, an open hex stitch in silver or copper will look like chicken wire.
I love using Blackwork patterns for these kinds of designs. On the Kelly Clark rooster. below, I did chicken wire, not diagrammed, in thin Kreinik metallic. it adds the perfect touch. The stitch guide is available in my Etsy shop.
For the JP Needlepoint bee round pictured above, I wanted to have larger hexagons in a color closer to the sandstone canvas. Using The Thread Gatherer’s Oriental Linen for this Blackwork pattern gives the background an interesting rustic feel. Because I plan to stitch the bee entirely n metallic, this thread creates a nice contrast.
The Blackwork fill stitch, Honeycomb, below, has both straight and diagonal stitches.