Rice Stitch Color Theory Project Completed

Last week I finished the color theory stitching piece I started as an embroidery guild project. The pattern used three different colors of embroidery floss to stitch different layers of a rice stitch variation. For each section of the pattern, you stitch the floss colors in a different order which creates all kinds of neat color variations.

Here is the piece with all of the sections stitched:

Double rice stitch color theory embroidery

I could hardly believe I really used the same three colored threads for each section. They changed so much from section to section! The green looks totally different when stitched over the apricot color, and the yellow looks so different in the bottom left where it is stitched over the green.

Then, here is the finished piece with the stitched border added:

Completed rice stitch embroidery project

I loved stitching it. It was fun to stitch, and it worked up super fast. I’m thinking about using the pattern to stitch more of them in different color schemes.

The pattern was by Kathleen Rake, and it was created for the Embroidery Guild of America Education Department.

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11 Responses to Rice Stitch Color Theory Project Completed

  1. claire93 says:

    this is very cheerful ^^

  2. kathyreeves says:

    That is really an interesting piece. I’m with you, amazed at the differences caused by a simple change in order of thread! I am going to look this up!

  3. Catherine says:

    A lovely sampler, and a great way to play with colour! I quite liked stitching rice stitch on my canvaswork piece – although pulling it out was difficult!

  4. It is amazing how different each square looks. Very nice.

  5. Emma says:

    That’s super cool, I can’t believe either that you’ve used only 3 colours! Amazing 😊

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