The rest of the project is comprised of border stitches surrounding the interior blocks. The first border is a rice stitch.
I stitched this border with Gumnuts Buds, a silk pearl, in 386 Medium Cornflower. This is the same color as the first block, but a different weight of thread. For those of you who are ordering supplies and want exactly what I used, you would probably be fine using the same thread for both of these, either the stranded silk floss used in the first interior block, or the silk pearl used in the rice stitch today, if you want to reduce costs a bit. If you like the different textures, as I do, you may decide to use both weights of threads.
These rice stitches posed a bit of a challenge. If you look closely at the first block in the upper left, you can see my thread carries through the canvas. I was not happy with this, and decided to change the stitch order and direction. I explain all of this in the instructions (see the above “click here”).
But here are the diagrams as I used them.
Finally, if you’re using different threads and want to use a metallic or contrasting color, here’s a suggestion:
And here’s the whole diagram.
We’re almost to the end, just a couple of stitches to go!