The Open Cretan Stitch is similar to feather stitch, as it uses interlocking curved stitches, but is made using stitches that are vertical along the the toop and bottom edges in a loos "L" shape, rather than curved or semi-circular. It can be used to outline shapes, as a border, or to join two pieces of material together using a decorative, open lacy stitch (see step 2 for joining).
To work the stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric on the left side of the stitching area (1). Insert the needle into the fabric to the upper right (2), and bring the point out a short distance below the insertion point (3). The needle will be vertical, with the eye of the needle at the top and the thread behind the needle.
Repeat the stitch, having the eye of the needle at the bottom (4 and 5) for the second half of the stitch. Repeat across the stitch area.
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