Stitches 106 and 107 Looped Cretan and Beaded Looped Cretan

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch sampleThis week I have 2 stitches to share. The first is an interesting version of Cretan stitch that I discovered in an old embroidery book by Edith John titled Creative Stitches.

It is called Looped Cretan and the second stitch this week is my adaption which includes adding a bead. It is really useful to know the foundation stitch which is of course Cretan stitch. Both samples are worked using a cotton perle #5 thread. Once again in the beaded version the beading is not done afterwards but during the stitching process.

Tip! Use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.  This choice of needle is key to success with this type of beaded embroidery.

How to work Looped Cretan Stitch 

Work from top to bottom between 2 imaginary lines.

Looped Cretan stitch 1Bring the needle through the fabric at the start of the line on the top left side. Move across the line and insert your needle on the right edge. With your needle angled and pointing towards the center of the line make a small stitch.

Looped Cretan stitch 2Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric. It should look like a shallow unsecured fly stitch.

Looped Cretan stitch 3Insert your needle on the right edge in the same place, as illustrated. Angle your needle downward as illustrated and make a small stitch.

Looped Cretan stitch 4Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric to create a loop. This loop is like adding one buttonhole stitch. It is also this extra loop on the Cretan stitch that gives this stitch its name.

Looped Cretan stitch 5Move across the line and insert your needle on the left edge. With your needle angled as illustrated and pointing towards the center of the line, make a small stitch. (As you would for regular Cretan stitch)

Looped Cretan stitch 6Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric.

Looped Cretan stitch 7Insert your needle on the left edge in the same place, as illustrated. Angle your needle downward and pointing towards the center of the line make a small stitch.   Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric to create a loop.

Looped Cretan stitch 8

Looped Cretan stitch 9Move across to the right and repeat this process. Continue working downward, back and forth until the line is worked.

As you can see this is a decorative and interesting stitch  and would be useful working in trailing lines as part of a floral motif.

Like Cretan you can work Looped Cretan stitch close together to form a very different patten in the movement of the stitch. You can vary the length of the wings or the angle of the wings to creat interesting effects. You can increase the width of the wing , then return to the established line  to created an alternating pattern of wider wings.

You can work this Looped Cretan stitch in a circle to create other organic like forms.

It is very verstaile and I hope readers enjoy experimenting with it.

How to work Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch 

You work this stitch using the same method as Looped Cretan stitch but add a bead to your working thread. I have added a bead after each loop is created but you can add beads at any of the steps and each creates a different pattern.

Use a size 26 tapestry needle as this type of needle is thin enough to take the bead yet the ye is large enough to take perle #8 or perle #5 thread.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch  1Work from top to bottom between 2 imaginary lines.

Bring the needle through the fabric at the start of the line on the top left side. Move across the line and insert your needle on the right edge. With your needle angled and pointing towards the center of the line make a small stitch.  Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch  2

Insert your needle on the right edge in the same place, as you did at the first step, as illustrated. Angle your needle downward as illustrated and make a small stitch.   Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric to create a loop.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 3Add a bead to your work thread and tuck it up against the last stitch.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 4Move across the line and insert your needle on the left edge. With your needle angled as illustrated and pointing towards the center of the line make a small stitch.  Keeping the thread under the needle pull it through your fabric.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 5Insert your needle on the left edge in the same place, as illustrated. Angle your needle downward and pointing towards the center of the line make a small stitch.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 6Keeping the thread under the needle as illustrated pull it through your fabric to create a loop.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 7Add a bead to your work thread and tuck it up against the last stitch.

Beaded Looped Cretan stitch 8Move across to the right and repeat this process. Continue working downward, back and forth until the line is worked.

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Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)  and leave a comment. If you are pushed for time and don’t get a chance to do it this week, don’t fret as next week I will also open a post so people can leave their details.

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11 Responses to Stitches 106 and 107 Looped Cretan and Beaded Looped Cretan

  1. Maureen Bond says:

    My samples are at http://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/
    I will be using this stitch more.

  2. Renee says:

    Sharon, your work is always so gorgeous! I look forward to trying these stitches.

    Here is a link to my attempts of stitches #97, #103, & #104:
    http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/2014/04/take-stitch-tuesday-tast-412014.html

  3. Jo Britt says:

    Love this stitch, I have an unfinished project-a bag- where this stitch will be perfect. Thanks.

  4. Angela says:

    Thanks for the instructions Sharon. It took some persistence but I did get it right, at least I think I did! You can see my attempts at http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  5. Cindi says:

    Your examples are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Sharon,
    A very interesting stitch. I have started this stitch sampler here-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2014/12-106-looped-cretan-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  7. Hi Sharon,
    Beaded looped Cretan stitch sampler is posted on my blog-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2014/13-107-beaded-looped-cretan-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  8. Carol Harper says:

    Here are mine — again the beads obscure some of the detail but I don’t have any needles that will take both perle cotton and smaller seed beads

    http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/wipocalypse-april-2014-the-blood-moon-and-an-eclipse-to-boot.html

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