Raised Cretan Stitch Tutorial

Raised Cretan stitch is a variety of Cretan Stitch which is also known as Herringbone Ladder Filling, Double Pekinese, Figure of 8 stitch and Laced Cretan. Before you start this stitch take a look at Cretan Stitch and pay attention to the hand movement required to create the stitch. The difference is that this variety is worked lacing a foundation of back stitch rather than taking a bite of the fabric. They foundation stitches can be arranged in two parallel lines or as shape.

Raised Cretan stitch worked either as a line or within a shape is a quick and easy way to create a fill that looks a little like a braid. Not only is it quick but at the lacing stage you can add beads or use interesting novelty threads such as a fine metallic braid.

How to hand Embroider Raised Cretan stitch

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 1

For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5 thread. Work a foundation of back stitches arranged two parallel lines.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch 2Bring your needle to the front of the fabric at the top of one of the lines of back stitch. (If you need a refresher on how to work back stitch just follow the link to a tutorial) Take the needle across to the other line. With the point of the needle angled toward the middle of the two lines, pass it under the first back stitch.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 3Move to the other line. Pass the needle under the second back stitch. With each pass make sure the needle points towards the center of the two lines.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 4Move back and forth lacing the back stitches until you reach the end.

Raised Cretan stitch worked within a shape.

You can also work Raised Cretan stitch within a shape. It is a very quick way to fill a small area and is ideal to work for leaf shapes. The process is the same as Raised Cretan stitch worked between two parallel foundation lines

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 5Work a foundation of back stitches in the shape you want to work. I have used a very wide leaf shape. I widened the sample so you could easily see what was happening but if you make the shape narrow Raised Cretan stitch produces nice leaves and flower petals. Of course you can use other shapes too but I have found that a leaf shape is particularly effective.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 6Bring your needle to the front of the fabric at the top of the shape. Take the needle across the shape and pass it under the first back stitch on the other side. Move across the shape and pass the needle under the next back stitch. As with Raised Cretan stitch worked between two parallel foundation lines with each pass make sure the needle points towards the center of the shape.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 7

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

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Crazy Quilt Block 91

Crazy quilt block 91Crazy quilt block 91 is a block in shades of blue gold and burnt yellows.  This block sits in the overall diagonal design of my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. On this block I mainly used a mix of quilters cottons.    There is 8 pieces of fabric used in this  6 inch block.

Crazy quilt block 91 diagram

Crazy Quilt Block 91 Fabric content:

Piece 1: quilters cotton

Piece 2: quilters cotton

Piece 3: quilters cotton

Piece 4: Velvet

Piece 5: Cotton corduroy

Piece 6: quilters cotton

Piece 7: quilters cotton

Piece 8: quilters cotton

Item Count: 

My personal challenge when I made this quilt was to use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons as it is a Y2K quilt. The on going item count list below represents the items documented to date in this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!

Fabric: 8

Lace, braid and ribbon: 3

Buttons and charms: 9

Total items on this block: 20

Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1744

Crazy Quilt Block 91 free Pattern

Crazy quilt block 91 patternThe Embellished Details on Crazy Quilt Block 91

 

 

Crazy quilt block 91detail 589The first photos is of 2 seam details. Feather Stitch is worked in Rayon ribbon floss and alternating buttonhole stitch in worked in cotton perle #5.

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This seam was first covered with this metallic lace. I then edged it in detached chain stitches arranged in sets of 3 along the seam.

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This Cretan stitch is worked in cotton Perle #5 thread and I added sequins that are secured with seed beads in the spaces between the arms of the Cretan Stitches.

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I first covered this seam with braid then added seed beads along the length of the braid. Along the edge of the braid I added sets of 3 straight stitches arranged in a fan I then topped these with seed beads.

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The last detail is a cluster of buttons 1 of which is vintage as the dark blue one is old. The rest are modern buttons. These buttons sit beside a line of zig zag chain stitch that I worked in cotton perle #5 thread

I dropped button box quiltIf you are new to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines.   My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also  pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!

This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.

Have you seen my Crazy quilters templates?

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting I designed these templates with other crazy quilters in mind. With my Crazy Quilters Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

I have two sets of Crazy quilt templates available

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

Hand Embroidery band sampler details 741-744

hand embroidery band sampler detail 741I have some more details from long band sampler which I would like to share with readers. If you are new to Pintangle this band sampler is 96 feet long or 29.38 meters- anyway its long ( you dont want to have iron it…) but it is only 6 inches wide and is made up of strips of fabric that have been joined together. If you want to know more about it you can read about it on my Sampler FAQ page.

Band 741 is very simple as it is 2 rows of Cretan stitch worked in silk buttonhole twist thread that is about the same thickness as cotton perle #5.  Technically it is a type of alternating Cretan stitch as one side of the stitch  is longer than the other.  I worked the two rows and added beads in a line down the middle.

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Band 742 is an experiment with threaded running stitch. Working in cotton perle #5 I stacked 3 lines of running stitch and then laced the apricot chainette through it before adding bagel beads.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 743Band 743 is another experiment with threaded running stitch. I worked 2 lines of running stitch in  cotton perle #5 before lacing it with a fine metallic yarn.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 744

Needlework sampler section 51 e

The last band is another example of a little journal element on my sampler. I recorded the Christchurch earthquake using a cotton perle #8 thread I worked the letters in back stitch. My daughter had lived and studied in Christchurch for 3 years at the Circus school there so I felt a connection to the city.

These close up details of my hand embroidery sampler are part of an on going series of articles. The thumbnail on the left is  the section of the sampler where these band appear. If you are interested in this section of the band sampler you can read about it here