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Recap Week 7

Well, I haven’t *completed* my Week 7: Detached Chain stitch sample because I’m having a grand time making a creation out of it. Detached chain and chain stitches are two of my favorite go-to stitches, so I am Taking It Further with both of them. You’ll get to see it as one sample for both stitches. I will post it as Week 8: Chain Stitch sample.

I did manage to catch up on the stitches I hadn’t yet done. I posted them just a bit ago. Links below.

Is anybody out there stitching? Add your links to the comments sections of the Stitch of the Week posts so I can see them, too! I haven’t noticed many over at Pintangle… BUT!!

Exciting news — Sharon featured my Cretan Stitch samples in the highlights a couple weeks ago! It looked pretty modest, since the other samples were for stitches 50+ AND by stitchers who put a lot more creativity into their samples! But it was an honor all the same, and this little blog had its busiest day ever 🙂

Stitch sample links posted here, during this week:(just mine, again)


So let’s see what YOU are up to! Happy Stitching!



My Cretan Stitch Samples


My set of Cretan Stitch samples (week 4.) Yes, I am a stitch behind! I am on vacation, so I think I’m doing pretty well 😉

IMG_9487I started off with a line of basic Cretan stitch. Then, remembering something from the Pintangle info, I decided to fill a shape. I wanted to see how different placement of the stitches affected the look of the ridge that ran down the middle.

I also wanted to play with working stitches along radial lines. You can see my chosen center points (dots with the purple pen) in the pictures below.

Cretan-S-curve-collageTo keep the unique angular look of Cretan stitch, you can’t bring the needle out of the fabric too close to the centerline — there has to be some offset between the ends of the stitches on one side and the ends of the stitches on the other… that might not make sense to somebody else 😉 but at least it will be a good reminder to me.

IMG_9491After stitching my curvy shape, I realized that my basic stitch needed — wanted — a second layer. I like the way one strand of brassy-colored floss looks on top of the size 5 perle cotton. What bugs me about having the Cretan stitch so flattened out is that it looks like a sewing machine zig-zag with bad tension settings.

IMG_9505This is my favorite sample. I love how this nests and goes completely geometric! It also makes me want to grab a narrow ribbon and tuck it under the center. I can see myself couching with this 2-row technique.

IMG_9501Playing with some tone on tone color choices. A slightly bluer green for the under layer, then a green the same hue as the fabric, but more saturated, on top with longer arms and offset.

Being in a hotel room, taking these photos, it’s hard to get them to show the color the way I want even using Photoshop. This looks way cooler in person 🙂

IMG_9511A bit of erratic EKG Cretan stitching to fill in the space. This could be useful!

I picked up this piece of fabric at a closeout-lots fabric store. It is a home decor fabric with a thin sprayed-on foam backing. Luckily it didn’t grab the needle too much. $5.99/yd. I’ll be using it for more than stitching samples but it was nice to add some variety to what I brought with me.


Stitch of the Week 4: Cretan Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, February 5, 2013   Welcome to week 4!

This week’s stitch is Cretan stitch, both Open and Closed versions. Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

There is only one other variation of Cretan stitch (Knotted) and we will see that later on in the year.

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 4: Cretan Stitch

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Cretan Stitch pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Also, if you wish, please post the link to your Cretan Stitch photos in this comment section, no matter when you get it done, because if you are following this blog, you’ll have a bonus benefit…

If you miss a stitch but then are able to work it later, go ahead and put your link on the matching Stitch of the Week post.  Each week, I will round up ALL NEW stitch LINKS entered at this blog, whether they are from the current stitch or a past one. Yours won’t be lost back there on an old Stitch of the Week post! I will put them up Monday (noon-ish PST) in a weekly recap post, about 12 hours before I put up the Stitch of the Week.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!