This is a very large stitch, and it creates a strong textured grid.
This stitch is made up of raised squares worked in a grid pattern.
Each completed square measures six threads by six threads of canvas.
Begin one canvas thread in from the bottom left-hand corner and take this over to one thread in from the top right-hand corner of the completed square (i.e. across four threads and up six threads of the canvas).
Return to the bottom edge and make a stitch one thread to the right of the first and one thread to the left of the top edge of the first stitch.
Continue in an anti-clockwise direction around the square fanning the stitches.
The sixth stitch should be from the bottom right-hand corner to the top left-hand corner.
Continue around the square until twelve stitches have been made. The last of these should be from the top right-hand corner to the bottom left-hand corner.
Structure of stitch
Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.81
Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.140