I am slow this week with the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge! Too many other things to distract me: beautiful weather, garden to harvest, fresh vegetables to prepare and eat, books to read while swinging in my patio swing. I’ve tried taking my embroidery outside to enjoy nature while I stitch, but I keep dropping and losing needles in the flower bed below the swing. And that is not something I want to tell my gardener (husband) about. He has a fear of needles. Nothing strikes more fear into his heart than hearing that I’ve lost a needle in the carpet. I can’t imagine what he would say to a rusty needle in the grass. So for the sake of marital harmony, I confine my stitching to indoors.
This week’s stitch is Knotted Cretan Stitch. I’ve done plenty of plain cretan before, but not the knotted variety, so this was a welcome new stitch for me to learn. I do like the extra texture that the knot provides to the thread. The stitch seems a natural fit for my loose, organic style.
The stitch seems to work best when the legs are kept short. Longer legs have a tendency to twist. I don’t mind, however. And I’ve used the purple sari silk ribbon in yet another project. I have a ball of red silk ribbon, too, that I’m dying to use, but haven’t found the right spot for yet.