I have been experimenting the last couple nights with Pekinese Stitch (aka Chinese Stitch) because it is a required stitch in the EAC course I am taking.
You start with a row of backstitch and then wrap the backstitches as I have done below. Make your backstitches a little looser than you usually would to allow room for the wrapping. Use a crewel or blunt needle for the wrapping so that you don't split any threads.
This is what you end up with then - Pekinese Stitch, also known as Chinese Stitch. This was my first attempt and now I have taken pictures of it I am going to frog it! (rippit rippit)
I have started over and will share that one when I have it done. I am much happier with how the second one is going together. In the meantime though, Sharon B has an excellent page on Pekinese Stitch in her Dictionary of Stitches. Where would we be without Sharon B!? She tells a bit about the history of the stitch as well as very clear how-to and a lovely variation. EHow also has an explanation of the stitch although no visuals. Maureen of CrazyQstitcher has a landscape she has done with this stitch if you would like to look at the photo of that - it illustrates a more traditional use of the stitch. By far the clearest illustration I found of the stitch can be found here.
This is a very interesting stitch from a historical standpoint and there is a fair bit of imformation out there if you google it. In any case, have fun and I hope you enjoy this week's challenge!