Ermine Stitch

ermine2Ermine Stitches look like tiny stars dancing across the sky. If placed correctly, they could form constellations like my favorite (and only one I can find in the night sky) the Big Dipper.
Ermine Stitches are made with 2 really simple stitches: the Straight Stitch and the Cross Stitch.

Here’s how to make Ermine Stitches: Make a Straight Stitch from A to B and bring the needle up at point C which is a little down and to the left of point A. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.
Cross over the AB line and insert the needle to the right and a little up from point B at point D. Bring the needle under the fabric and emerge at point E with is to the left and a little up from B. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.
Insert the needle at point F which is to the right and a little down from point A and draw the thread through the fabric.
This patterning stitch can also form shapes too like this wreath above made with the Ermine Stitch. It’s a charming stitch for all your charming uses.