Open Squares Needlepoint Darning Stitch
This is such a pretty background stitch you'll want to use it wherever you have a large background area to fill. It stitches up quickly, is easy to learn because the pattern is straightforward, but it looks like you've gone to a lot of trouble!
The Open Squares darning stitch is sometimes called Woven Squares. It leaves quite a bit of the canvas open which is why it stitches up quickly. Consider this stitch when you have a nice painted shade or shades on the underlying canvas - sky or plain background - and you're happy to let this show beneath the stitches.
Here's how you do it...
Make your thread lengths a bit longer than usual so you don't have to stop and start too often, and always change threads at the end of a row.
Here's what it looks like on a partially stitched canvas background. This design is called Wildflower 70661
from Unique NZ Designs.
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