I was playing a bit more with chicken scratch. Here’s a couple of ideas. First, I was trying an alternate lacing – a little messy, but I can see how this would get interesting:
Next, I tried changing the dimensions – instead of a 4 x 4 cross stitch, I elongated it.
I can see how this would lend itself to more variations. However, it does raise a question – how far can this be pushed before it is no longer “chicken scratch”? For instance, since this is not on checked fabric (which most of the references mention as a basis), does that “disqualify” this?
As an aside – if I do “whitework” in another color, is it still whitework, or does it loose some basic characteristic?
Anyway, I also did a bit of searching regarding the origin of the name. I couldn’t find any information on that, but was intrigued by the number of other names I found for this type of work: snowflaking, Australian lace stitch, gingham lace stitch, depression lace stitch, Amish embroidery, cross-stitch on gingham, gingham tracks, and snowflake embroidery.