Rhodes stitch is usually used to create textured square or diamond motifs in surface embroidery and needlepoint. It is made with straight stitches.
It creates a twisted center and it can be stitched in a variety of shapes and sizes. I am going to show how to stitch the square / diamond motif.
This is easier when done on even weave fabric. I have used aida.
The stitches are place between opposite sides of the square.
Start from one corner of the square and go down at the diagonally opposite corner and come back up like shown below.
Come back to the left side of the square again like shown below.
The work grows up on the left side, it grows down on the right side. This causes the twisting of the threads in the center.
Continue the steps and when the left and right sides have been covered, start covering the top and bottom sides of the squares.
You can also stop at this stage and add few more embellishments to make this into a butterfly.
Go down to complete the square.
The backside will look like this.
A few of these diamonds (preferably in 2 different colors) can be placed side by side to form a neat border.