My goal for TAST this year is to develop sets of complex looking bands that can be stitched with basic stitches. Toward that end, my seam treatment this week features a herringbone stitch as the structure of the band with the fly stitch added in the valleys of the herringbone stitch. The cross stitch fabric band was couched down with small fan stitches. Later, when it's time for the embellishments, I'll add beads in the fly stitch's belly & the fan points.
I decided this was a good project in which to use my specialty threads. The cross stitch band is from a huge stash that a friend gave me. I think these were originally used in the '80s & '90s for decorating towels. I think the bands will help convey the folk feeling I want for my Christmas wallhanging.
This seam treatment is 3 vertical rows of Fly Stitch overlapped. It's pretty bare right now but will be dressed up with beads later. As I was stitching, I decided the neighboring fabric will be perfect for small star sequins. I'll just place them over the printed stars!