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Stitch Fun – Trellis and Battlement Filling

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Trellis Stitch

This is a nice simple lattice filling stitch where you create a grid and then anchor down the long stitches at the cross sections with small diagonal stitches.

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First you need to draw a triangle shape with a curved lower edge which will be filled with the Trellis Stitch. This is drawn on the lower left quarter of the sampler like so…

Start Stitching…

Starting with the vertical stitches, I used 2 strands of floss…

Do the same again in the opposite direction to complete a grid like so… and then stitch small diagonal stitches on the crossover points to anchor the threads down and complete the grid…

This is a simple trellis stitch grid…

If you want to jazz it up a bit or make it look more filled, you can add another grid over the top like so…

Stitched in exactly the same way – make the second set of lines right next to the first set (not on top of) and then anchor down with diagonal stitches again to complete.

Now you’ve done a nice simple trellis we can step it up a bit with…

Battlement Filling Stitch

This might look complicated but it’s actually quite simple and is a really nice way to fill a large space in a unique way…

Draw a space on your sampler in the lower right…

Here’s the size mine worked out in the space shown above. I then marked 0.5cm intervals along the edges to help with the placement of the lines…

Start Stitching…

Choose 3 colours that complement one another and stitch with 2 strands.

Complete a grid exactly as you did with the Trellis Stitch but don’t add diagonal stitches – just long straight lines…

With your second colour, complete a second grid – make the horizontal long stitches just below the 1st grid lines , then make the vertical long stitches just to the right of the 1st grid lines …

With your third colour, complete a third grid – make the horizontal long stitches just below the 1st grid lines , then make the vertical long stitches just to the right of the 1st grid lines …

battlement stitch

Now you could leave it there if you are not wanting to have too much of a filled effect. The way you finish it off is with diagonal stitches but only on the top layer…

Stitch small diagonal stitches just over where the top thread crosses over each other on the cross sections like so…

I decided to keep going and fill in the whole area with another set of 3 lines so unpicked the above diagonal stitches to continue…

This has filled in the space nicely so it was time to finish with the diagonal stitches on the top grid. I decided to use the blue for this as a bit of contrast to the yellow lines…

battlement filling
battlement filling stitch

And there you have it – your Battlement lattice filling is complete. Your sampler should be filling up really nicely now!

Happy Stitching!

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