Laced Cretan Stitch

This is a simple, decorative variation of the Cretan stitch. Use it on borders or just as innovative filling, it will look neat.

You need to know the Cretan stitch to be able to continue with this tutorial.

Fig 1: First, start by making a base of Cretan stitch. Then, from the left corner, using a contrasting colored thread, bring the needle out and start lacing between the Cretan stitches as shown. Fig 2: Go up and down the stitches without touching the fabric below.
Fig 3: A finished row of this stitch would look like this.
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25 Responses

  1. m geetha India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    well your stitches are very good

  2. dhati Oman Google Chrome Windows says:

    hi Sarah, thanks a lot for the wonderful and clear explanation of all the stitches.Looking forward for your e-book……..

  3. yuvasree India Google Chrome Windows says:

    how can i do embroidery with beads and i like to do ahir embroidery also…

  4. yuvasree India Google Chrome Windows says:

    hi sarah, ur work in this website s super….. i have friend in ur name while reading i remembering my friend. i need one help from u. i learnt oly basic stitch like running stitch,stem stitch like that. what i should do to learn some more designs. i watched ur stitch i refreshed myself.pls help me how can i put embroidery to dress.

  5. Sharmila Sri Lanka Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Dear Sarah,

    Your site is very use full. I learned hand emb. When I compare with your stitches its nothing. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I am making a book.
    Can u pls share some design for wall hanger & cushion cover? I like to stitch them. Plz help me.

    Keep going your wonderful work. Good luck.


  6. cinzia Italy Google Chrome Windows says:

    Ciao Sarah mi piacerebbe seguire il tuo blog come evo fare per avere gli aggiornamenti? Grazie

  7. nazeem Saudi Arabia Google Chrome Windows says:

    hi sarah,thanks for your tutorials.i would like to subscribe your can i suscribe please let me know.

    My id is:

    thanks, take care,Nazeem

  8. Little Bit United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This is a wonderful site! I just found you via pinterest and am thrilled! I’m pinning and gonna follow you on bloglovin. Little Bit from

  9. Sangita Ghaisas India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Great job done, this website is feast for me.

    I would love to attend your summer workshop, please inform me dates and venue for the same.

    Also i need some advise about where will i get material required for embroidery, i am already doing a kurta.

    Please reply.


  10. Jennifer Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This is great.

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