Small Rice Stitch
The Small Rice stitch not only produces a nice background but will reinforce your canvas. You can work the stitch in two colors for a diamond effect. Stitch the large “X” first and then add the cross-hatches.
Medium Rice Stitch
The Medium Rice stitch doesn’t cover entirely, which may allow your canvas to show through a bit. Again, work the larger “X” first and then add the cross hatches.
Large Rice Stitch
The Large Rice stitch is very open and airy, almost lace-like. If you are using multiple ply threads, you will want to strip your threads before stitching so that your threads will lie nicely.
Just like the rice dishes we have today, there are quite a few variations. Here are a few to get you thinking. Experiment with colors, size, and cross hatching to get the coverage and effect you want.