Needlepoint Mosaic Stitch—One stitch--Endless Possibilities
How great is this? One simple stitch that can be used on a diagonal, in rows, as a square, in different directions, with different colors --- the possibilities are almost limitless.
The basic Mosaic Stitch is a simple small square.
It forms a tiny box in a needlepoint pattern.
If you are stitching an area that is not uniform – the belly of a bird, a sleeve, a coat, a background – just about anything not in rows ---- you can run the Mosaic Stitch on a diagonal.
When using the diagonal mosaic the last stitch of the first series is shared with the first of the next series – so you are stitching one single tent, one double tent, one single, one double – dropping down a row each time. Careful though where you use it – it will definitely give the area a diagonal look.
Whimsical Tree - blue stripes JM 625
If you are doing a straight line you can run the basic Mosaic Stitch in rows – either horizontal or vertical.
This is a perfect stitch for Charlie Harper canvases. Here, the dog's rump and legs are done in double rows, separated by single rows in a lighter color. The Mosaic stitch is perfect for the darker areas as the rows run vertically 2 stitches. (If the vertical rows are 4 stitches, just do 2 rows of the Mosaic stitch side by side, all the way down).
Charlie Harper CH-c197
Try four basic Mosaic stitches in a box, or 6 in a rectangle.
Now, try different colors - or do the center with a different type of thread or a different color (numbers 3, 4, 9 & 10 above). Substitute a bead or a french knot for one of the single stitches.
I substituted a French knot for one of the single stitches in random places in the Whimsical Tree ornament by JulieMar.
Have fun & experiment with the Mosaic Stitch.