At Rittenhouse Needlepoint blog, the stitch of the week, pictured above is Parisian Stripe.
You can think of the main stitch, the light stitches in the sample, as Hungarian Stitches. Between rows of them, small straight stitches in a different color or thread are inserted, making a stripe, but not an obvious one.
You can also vary the stitch by making the individual stitches longer as long as the relationship between the stitches stays the same. Another great thing about patterned straight stitches like this is that they are really fast to stitch.
Many needlepointers don’t like to do straight stitches. I think this for a couple of reasons. Initially they look odd when combined with diagonal stitches. Diagonal stitches go over intersections while straight stitches go over lines between intersections. The places where they meet look different because of this. The other reason is that you may not be using enough strands of thread. Always bulk up your thread when making straight stitches
Tray Parisian Stripe, it’s a great stitch.
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