What stitch would be better to celebrate December with than one that is shaped like a star?
Stitch #47 is called Two-sided Insertion Stitch and was found in Reader's Digest's Complete Book of Embroidery. Why it is not called Star Stitch I do not know!
To work it you need some dots to lead your way:
On paper the design looks like this. If you are working on plain cloth, mark the pattern with a pen.
Making a template like this by piercing holes in a sheet of plastic is a good idea if you want to make a long line of even stitches. You can then easily poke the tip of a pencil through the holes and mark the pattern on any fabric.
Or work it on Aida or even weave, then you can count and find the right holes without problems, see my Aida sampler:
The reason it is called Two-sided Insertion Stitch is that it makes a very neat pattern on the back.
Stitch it in this order:
A›B›C›D›C›E›B›F›D›E›D›G (placed on the same level as D but to the right) ›F, and so on....
Follow these pictures:
A›B›C›D›C›E›B›F›D›E›D›G›F, and so on....
If you need a rhythm, look how the needle is facing: Towards you, away, away, away, towards you and then start over with Towards you.... Confusing?
On my SSS Reference chart:
These Corded Coral stitches would like a sprinkling of stars, and maybe a band of stars, too.