This is a very interesting stitch that leaves scope for some experimentation. A series of straight stitches are used to overlap each other to develop symmetric shape like a square, circle, heart, etc… This stitch can be worked nicely over even weaved fabric, but this tutorial will illustrate it over a normal fabric. Rhodes stitch can make great filling textures.
I will demonstrate a square shape using this stitch. So, I will work inside a square drawn on the fabric. The outline of the square will be the stitch line for the Rhodes stitch.
|Fig 1: Start by coming out from one corner of the square shape, the point A. Take the needle in at the opposite end, point B.||Fig 2: Now, come out from C, a point near point A. Go in through D, a point opposite to C. Then, again come out through E, and continue with this process.|
|Fig 3: A finished square looks like this. Since the straight stitches run from one end to the other, overlapping each other at the center, it gives a ‘spinning’ appearance.
This technique can be used to make any shape, especially symmetric ones. So, try circle, triangle, and heart shapes too.