TAST Week 22 Highlights

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroideryTime for the highlights of  TAST 22. This week many people enjoyed knotted Cretan stitch as they had not tried it before.

As I mention every week it is difficult to choose samples to feature as many are so good.

First of all, the first sample I want to feature is  over on Lin’s Arty Blobs where,you can see knotted Cretan combined into a fabric Collage.

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

Over on Jerusalem Notes Debbie combined weeks 21 and 22 to produce this lovely disk shape motif.

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

Chris of Ella’s Craft Creations worked this lovely sample as part of a mandala. See the rest on her blog.

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

Chitra over on Jizee6687 has been steadily working samplers all year. I hope you have stopped by her blog before now. Chitra works lots of variations on the stitch each week. If you click on her images you can see them larger.

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

This dramatic sample really caught my eye over on Claudia’s blog

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

MariaInez L.ribeiro dos Santos on stitchin fingers worked knotted Cretan over a donut disk in a fabric collage.

knotted Cretan stitch sample of hand embroidery

Finally over on a blog which I think is called Cozy Handmade, Ashenka interpreted this stitch in a very organic manner. Pop over and read her blog as shares a photo of plant that looks like this!

Hope you have enjoyed the featured samples this week.

Don’t let these few samples lead you to think that these are the only worthwhile samples to be seen. Follow some of the links in the comments, on week 22 as there is many more interesting interpretations and explorations of knotted Cretan stitch to be seen.


Knotted Cretan

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 6I think Knotted Cretan stitch is one of my favourite stitches as you can easily work on  gradual curves well to create meandering lines in organic designs. Ordinary Cretan stitch is flat, this version is textured. The knots formed on the spine create texture and change the feel and look of the stitch completely.

Worked in a thicker thread you can really do things with it. The sample on the right is created with a dark blue cotton perle # 5 and a cotton knitting yarn which I could thread in a needle!

Knotted Cretan stitch can also be used as a filling worked row upon row as the zigzag pattern it creates is attractive. You can fill the spaces created with beads if you like a bit of bling with your hand embroidery.

Another way to use this stitch is to couch heavy thread, cord or ribbon to the foundation fabric. In other words you can use it in freeform and adventurous manner to great effect as this is a very versatile stitch!

How to work Knotted Cretan Stitch

You need to know how to work  Cretan stitch before learning the Knotted Cretan.

If you want to keep this stitch on a straight seam work along two parallel guide lines marked with a water dissolvable pen.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 1Work from top to bottom between 2 imaginary lines. Bring the needle through the fabric on the centre point at the start of the line. Move down ward and slightly and insert your needle on the outside edge to make a small stitch by pointing the needle to the centre.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 2Keeping the thread under the needle pull it through your fabric.This will form the first bar of the Cretan stitch

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 3Slide your needle from top to bottom next to the bar stitch you just made and wrap your thread under the needle as illustrated.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 4Keeping the thread under the needle pull the needle through so that a knot forms next to the bar.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 5Move to the other side of the line and insert your needle on the outside edge to make a small stitch by pointing the needle to the centre.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 6Keeping the thread under the needle pull it through your fabric.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 7Slide your needle from top to bottom next to the bar stitch you just made and wrap your thread under the needle.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 8Pull the needle through so that a knot forms on the bar.

step by step illustrated instructions for Knotted Cretan Stitch 9Continue working until the end of the line.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 3As I have pointed out this stitch really comes into its own when used for organic forms as the twiggy looking line is ideal as grasses or in floral motifs. But you can also work it with in a shape. For instance if you work it with a triangle it makes great Christmas trees if you need  a quick little motif on a seasonal project.

This sample was worked in Rayon ribbon floss. You could add a few seed beads and you would Christmas baubles on your tree! Or work a line of them along the top of edge of a Christmas stocking or a seam on a crazy quilted project

You can also work this stitch in wide band. The central band of stitches contrasts with the knots. This sample is worked in hand dyed cotton #5 perle thread. This would be useful as border or you could use it to couch down ribbon to project

 

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 4This sample is a line of hand dyed  Danish cotton and line of hand dyed crochet cotton. Both are about the same thickness as cotton perle # 5 thread and both threads are from the same dye bath.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample2In the case of this sample I worked the line narrow and the knots pushed to the sides. The thread is cotton perle #5.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 1Knotted Cretan stitch will also follow a curve well. The sample below is worked in hand dyed cotton on linen.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample5Try it out as this is fun and versatile stitch that has much to recommend it!