Cretan and Herringbone (Variation 2)

Structural Category

Composite

Specific Usage

Surface

Other Names

 

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.

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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.

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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.

Work this stitch away from yourself. Slide the needle in back of the intersection in the grid over the shisha mirror. Keep working thread under the point of the needle.

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6.

Go in at J and out at K equal distances on either side of I.

Slide the needle in back of the grid. Keep working thread under the point of the needle.

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8.

Go in at L and out at I (same hole), an equal distance on either side of J.

Slide the needle under the grid and repeat Steps 7 and 8 around the shisha mirror.

Diagram source: Pat Albiston, reprinted by permission.



Bibliographic Sources

Ohms, Margaret. Ethnic Embroidery, p. 177, fig. 159.
Stitch Identification Group.