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October 2015

Jacobean couching and a christmas tree

Blue green main pic

'putting up the tree' christmas embroidery pattern is finally finished!  

Lots of stitches in the tree and there is a separate pattern with just the tree

There are lots of notes and a guide for the more unusual stitches

It's available in my shop 

So I thought I would pop a tutorial for the Jacobean couching stitch here

Jacobean couching 2

 I love the look of this stitch, like a sort of garden trellis or those old leaded windows.  And it's really very simple

Jacobean couching 1

You can see that I have marked a diagonal grid pattern, so first do all the stitches in one direction as above

Jacobean couching 1a

Then make your stitches in the opposite direction crossing the ones underneath

Jacobean couching 2

finally pop a little stitch in a contrasting colour over each point where the purple threads cross

simple but effective

Tomorrow is the last of the stitches, the sheaf stitch.


open cretan stitch

Open cretan tree

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.

Open cretan tree 2

For the tutorial I have used red thread as I thought it showed everything more clearly on a white background.  So here we go...

Open cretan stitch main

I popped crosses in the spaces in orange.  

Open cretan stitch 1

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)

Open cretan stitch 2

Next bring your needle up directly above the spot where you took your needle down but about a third upwards as in c above

Open cretan stitch 3

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.

Open cretan stitch 4

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.

Open cretan stitch end

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