Cretan (Variation 1)

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According to Irwin and Hall, p. 208, "On some embroideries from Sindh, a distinctive filling-stitch appears...This stitch has the appearance of closely-worked Satin Stitch...but the principle of working is entirely different; the outer edges of the stitch are finished with looped ridges...The stitch is usually worked in small petal-shaped motifs, or in small rectangular blocks which are placed close together to cover a ground."




Come up at A. Holding the thread to the left, go in at B and come out at C.

Hold the thread loosely and to the right at the lower edge. Then inside the loosely held AB, go in at D and come out at E. Snug up CD.



Additional stitches are done close together so no fabric shows between them. However, for clarity the diagrams show space between them. Go in at F, and come out at G. Complete the stitch as in Step 2.

Repeat Steps 3 and 2 for the desired number of stitches.

Go to the reverse at H.

Diagram source: Pat Albiston, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Irwin, John and Margaret Hall. Indian Embroideries, pp. 207-208.
Stitch Identification Group