Cretan and Herringbone (Variation 1)

Structural Category

Composite

Specific Usage

Surface

Other Names

 

Comment

The Cretan stitch goes over a thread that secures the shisha mirror, not through the fabric.

Diagrams

Steps 1-3 show how to fasten the shisha mirror to the fabric before doing the decorative stitches. This method is common to shisha mirror attachments. See the note in the directions for Step 3. Diagrams for the decorative stitches worked over this grid are from other sources.

1.

2.

Place the mirror on the fabric and come up at A, go down at B, come up at C, go down at D, and come up at E. Holding the working thread up, pass the needle from right to left under AB. Holding the working thread up, pass the needle from right to left under CD. Go down at F.

Come up at G. Holding the working thread down, pass the needle from left to right under CD. Holding the working thread down, pass the needle from left to right under AB. Go down at H.

3.

4.

Come up at I (between D and F). Turn the work so I is at 6 o'clock.

Note: Some diagrams place I between A and E; however, a thread on the reverse between H and I holds the mirror more firmly against the fabric as the decorative stitches are added.

Turn the work so I is at 6 o'clock before doing Step 4.

Pass the needle behind the network of threads and
over the mirror.

5.

6.

Take a stitch in the fabric at JK from right to left.

Again pass the needle behind the thread network over the mirror and between the legs of the previous Cretan stitch. Pull the thread taut.

7.

Take a stitch from right to left in the fabric at LM passing the needle under the working thread. As you pull this taut the thread creates a ridge on top of the Cretan stitches (see sample). Continue in this manner around the thread network.

Diagram source: Sue Chamberlain, reprinted by permission.



Bibliographic Sources

Stitch Identification Group