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This stitch is.... I don't know how to describe it. Different thickness of thread don't seem to have a lot of effect on the outcome. Changes is direction can be achieved, but, I like the sword hilts pointing out rather than in. It responds well to pattern but then again I think I like it best as a filler stitch. It is a bit like a piano accompanist. I will make other stitches look good but it fills the spaces with style.
I used stranded and perle cotton , DMC, Threadworks overdyed cotton thread and Caron watercolours.