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