I thought it was time for a challenge stitch, one of those I have tried and failed many times, and stubborn as I am, just felt I needed to master. It is the Braid Stitch, and also goes by the names of Cable Plait Stitch, Gordian Knot Stitch, and in Swedish, Bandstygn. French names: Point de Galon or Point de Nœud Gordien.
In most illustrated embroidery books there is drawing of the Braid Stitch,
Although very clear I have never managed to control the twist of the thread.
Then I checked Mary Corbet's Braid Stitch video tutorial over at Needle 'n Thread.
It looked so easy, I just had to try it her way.
It was easy, and after a couple of stitches, truly addictive, and fast, to boot!
This is how it is worked:
Draw two parallel lines.
Tighten the fabric in a hoop.
Work with both hands.
Repeat from 1) in the same way
until you have a line.
Once you got the rhythm, you can't stop!
This is what it looks on my Aida sampler.
All books say the Braid Stitch works well on curves, it performs best with a thread that has a good twist,
and my opinion is that it looks neatest if rather crammed together and not too long.
Do some penmanship! 'Write' a letter on this letter printed fabric.