Tuesday, 1 December 2015

TAST Week Twenty-One: Knotted Cretan Stitch

Today's stitch of the TAST Challenge (week 21) hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle  is the knotted cretan stitch. Sharon has posted a comprehensive tutorial describing how to work the stitch and there are also plenty of inspirational photographs giving you lots of ideas how to use it.
Cretan Stitch

Although I am familiar with cretan stitch, I had never tried knotted cretan stitch before so, was happy to add another new stitch to my repertoire!

Knotted Cretan Stitch

I added a line to my sampler using a variegated perle cotton thread.  This is quite a heavy thread and the knots show up nicely when using it.


I did also try a very small section with a finer silk thread and I found that the knots were nowhere near as obvious and I didn't think the stitch looked as pretty.


I also had a go at creating a mini Christmas tree which is one of the ideas that Sharon mentions in her tutorial.  I don't think mine is quite a good as Sharon's but it does vaguely resemble a tree!

Happy December!

Here we are at the start of December and I have lots of projects that I need to get finished up before the end of the year.  Hopefully, I will have some to share with you later in the week!  Thank you very much for coming to visit! 

24 comments:

  1. Hi Christine
    love to see every new stitch you add. And so much inspiration too! I look forward to see what you are up to,lol!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I am really enjoying learning the new stitches... more to add to my crazy quilt blocks! Christine x

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  2. I'm finally getting all caught up with your blog. What beautiful things you've been creating! Thank you for showing close-ups of the stitches too. I've got to get inspired and this is a good place to do that!
    Cathy

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! Lovely to think that what I am making is inspiring someone else to stitch too! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  3. Cretan (love the names of these stitches!) appears to be a very versatile stitch. The variegated thread is beautiful. Your tree does look like a Christmas tree!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I like this new stitch I am going to be using it again! The tree will get better with practice! Christine x

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  4. A visit with you is always fun! I'm glad you're posting about these stitches - I've done many of them, but some of them I've forgotten about.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! It is nice to have some new stitches to use on my crazy quilt blocks! They are a lot of fun to learn! Christine x

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  5. I love your sampler; I started this project too, but didn't think of layout and just did straight lines. Yours looks so much more interesting! I'll have to get mine out again and have a catch up blitz!

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    1. Thank you Marly! I hope you do get yours out and catch up I just add the stitches wherever I think they will look nice and the curves add a little bit of movement! Christine x

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  6. Hi Christine,wow i havent seen that stitch before,you do such a wonderful job of all your beautiful stitches,thankyou for sharing my friend xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! It is great fun to learn the new stitches! I liked this one a lot! Christine x

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  7. Looks like you are stitching yourself happy. December days are going to pass quickly. Afraid I won't get everything done that I hope to. Might need to spend a little less time on the computer : / Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! I am having a lot of fun! I have lots to do too but I do have one or two projects that I am going to make time to get finished! Christine x

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  8. That stitch looks interesting. Love the little Christmas tree.

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    1. Thank you! It is a fun stitch and I enjoyed working it, so I shall be using it again soon! Have a lovely week! Christine x

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  9. I think your little tree turned out very cute! I'm amazed at how you keep your stitching so even--great work!

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    1. Thank you Karen! I just love trying out these new stitches! They are great fun to learn! Christine x

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  10. Your knotted Cretan stitches are wonderful! I adore your Christmas tree!

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    1. Thank you Renee! I liked this stitch a lot... I think some may appear on a crazy quilt block in the future! Christine x

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  11. Liebe Christine,
    einen geknoteten Cretan Stich kannte ich auch noch nicht. Das muss ich mir mal genauer anschauen. Dein Sampler wird immer schöner und den kleinen Tannenbaum kann man gut erkennen. Super.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! It is always great fun to learn the new stitches and then play with them! Christine x

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  12. Liebe Christine,
    man lernt immer noch dazu, auch beim Sticken, wenn man dann so gekonnte Fotos, wie die von dir, dabei sieht, wird alles etwas einfacher und klarer! Danke für die vielen schönen Infos zu deinem TAST sticken!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Thank you Steffi! It is always fun learning the new stitches and I am really enjoying the TAST Challenge! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

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