I have started stitching a stocking for my first grandchild, a boy named Ellis. The stocking is from Rebecca Wood Designs and is called Bad Landing. It cracks me up and I think he will love it as a child and as an adult.
This is the stitch I used for the porch columns. I used Pebbly Perle, a thread that is sadly discontinued. I used the thread “as is” for the burden part of the stitch and then used 2 strands of Pebbly Perle for the two vertical lines on each side.
In place of Pebbly Perle you could use Trebizond or Rainbow Linen, depending on the texture you want. I think the stitch would be fine without making the two sides thinner, but you could use a stranded silk that matches the burden section.