Open Cretan Stitch

Schematic drawing of an open Cretan stitch. Schematic drawing of an open Cretan stitch.

The open Cretan stitch is closely related to the feather stitch, and is worked with the needle at right angles to the line of the embroidery.

It is worked by inserting the needle into the ground material and then bringing it up a few millimetres directly underneath. When bringing up the needle, the thread should be under the needle point. The needle and thread are then moved diagonally upwards to the position of the next stitch, making sure that an equal space is left between each stitch. The distance between the stitches is larger than that with the Cretan stitch.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 59.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 29 May 2016)


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