This block was so fun to do and didn’t take very long at all. The E is such a great shape and the background stitch is one of my favorites.
This very round lower case E is from GeoLinear 24 from Tink’s Alphabets Wild and Wonderful (available in the bookstore. I love the fact that the entire letter is contained inside a complete circle, a fact accented by the use of Flair and Basketweave for the interior.
The background stitch is an arrangement of Cashmere stitch I mentally call Brick Path Cashmere. The rectangular shape and smooth surface of Cashmere make it perfect for translating brick patterns into needlepoint. You can pretty much take any pattern you see in bricks and render it in Box Stitches, making rectangular bricks Cashmere Stitches, and square bricks Mosaic or Scotch Stitches.
The pattern has pairs of two Cashmeres, making a square. They alternate between Cashmeres arranged vertically and ones arranged horizontally. I call it Brick Path because it’s an arrangement you often see on paths and patios.
Here’s a rundown of the sampler so far: