Cretan and Long Stem (Variation 1)

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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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.

Take a stitch in the fabric from right to left at JK, so that K is 1/3 of the way between I and J. Pull taut.

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6.

Now pass the needle behind the network of threads and over the mirror.

Again take a stitch in the fabric from right to left. Enter at L and come up at K.

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Pass needle behind the thread network, over the mirror, and over the working thread.

Take a stitch in the fabric under the working thread, entering at M and coming up at N. Then keep the point of the needle over the working thread and pull taut.

Repeat Steps 7 and 8 around the mirror. Take the working thread to the reverse at K and fasten off.

Diagram source: Sue Chamberlain, reprinted by permission.



Bibliographic Sources

Stitch Identification Group.