As you may know, I am busy stitching a Christmas tree for my Christmas pattern. It is a Christmas tree of many stitches (well quite a few). It uses the herringbone stitch (tutorial here), you can see the herringbone at the bottom of the picture with french knots in the gaps. Today I am showing you another of it's stitches, the open Cretan stitch.
For the tutorial I have used red thread as I thought it showed everything more clearly on a white background. So here we go...
I popped crosses in the spaces in orange.
To begin the stitch you need to come up through the fabric about a third down your space (a in the picture below)as above. Then pop your needle back through the fabric on the base line but a little further along (b in the picture below)
Next bring your needle up directly above the spot where you took your needle down but about a third upwards as in c above
Now you're going to take your needle back down on the top line (but a little further along as in d above) but you need to catch the loop of your previous stitch as above so make sure your thread is on the left of the stitch.
Now bring your needle up directly underneath the point you took it down but about a third of the way below (as in a above). Now you just continue in the same way along until you reach the end of your row.
and fill your gaps with crosses or french knots.
Hope these instructions are clear, it sounded much simpler in my head! As always.
The Christmas pattern is on it's way, hopefully next week. You can follow my progress on my Instagram account @lilipoposketches