category: simple drawn thread filling pattern
linen used: 13.5/cm thread-count
threads used: coton à broder No. 20
stitches used: Four-Sided stitches
horizontal center axis: four thread column
While working Filling Pattern – No. 567 I also found the pattern emerging on the back very interesting. So I tested it as a front pattern. The pattern shown below is a practice exercise only. You can see it used in a shape at the end of this article.
Because it’s the same pattern reversed, the prep work is the same. For the sake of simplicity I show it here again.
It makes sense to start in the middle. In addition to the 4 threads that remain, a pair of threads is withdrawn on each side.
Four threads are now alternately left on both sides of the withdrawn thread line and another pair of threads is withdrawn.
Rotate the work 90°, but do not turn it to the back side this time.
Four-Sided stitches are embroidered over the four middle threads from left to right, each bundling 4 fabric threads.
The Four-Sided stitches of the adjacent rows are worked staggered by 2 fabric threads.
This gives the remaining fabric threads of the withdrawn thread lines a zigzag alignment.
Securing the thread ends is done either under the edge stitches or in the back under the Four-Sided stitches.
The pattern is suitable for medium-sized areas.
I embroidered it in a tulip (here 16/cm thread count linen and No. 25 coton à broder).
I find the combination with the Wave stitch appropriate, as can be seen here in the tip of the tulip.
Variations can be achieved by using finer thread or – as here – by withdrawing one or two more threads.