Today’s area is upright rice stitches, stitched in rows in three different colors.
An upright rice stitch is a relatively simple stitch – an upright cross stitch (stitches 1 and 3), with tying stitches across the legs of the upright cross stitch (stitches 5, 7, 9 and 11). It moves along pretty quickly.
I used 3 strands of floss for these stitches. I was afraid that 4 strands would be too bulky, and 2 strands would be too skimpy, but I thought 3 strands would be just right – good coverage on the canvas, but still show the stitches distinctly.
This is a close up of the first row of stitches – nice and dense, but you can still see the development of the stitch.
The first row of upright rice stitches shares holes with the diagonal Greek border along the left edge of the area. Note that there are small upright cross stitches at the bottom left and bottom right edges.
The second row is just under the first row, and stitched with a lighter shade.
The last row is lighter yet, and fills in the remaining triangle. This row has a few more upright cross stitches to complete the area.
The instructions show exactly which colors I used. I hope you find this relatively easy!