This fun little stitch gives a beautiful smooth woven look to the canvas.
To easily shade the design, the darker areas were worked first. Where the darker stripes jut down into the lighter areas the stitch was worked down into the area. Next the medium areas were worked in horizontal rows while skipping across the back of the darker areas. Occasional stitches were skipped to allow for lighter shading. Lastly the light thread was used to fill in the purposely missed stitches to give that extra shading.
Sample stitched in one strand of Appleton's Wool on 18 count canvas. Design from Amanda Lawford's Royal Santa with stitch guide by GeorgaDee MacLeod. Stitch diagram by Summer Truswell.