Crazy Patch How To: Looped Cretan Stitch


Looped cretan stitch pictured on Gloria’s “Priscilla Needle Book”

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down, it’s time to get back to what we all love – sewing. I have a great stitch how-to from our dear friend Gloria McKinnon to share with you this week. A variation of the herringbone stitch, the looped Cretan is perfect to use as a decorative border or seam embellishment for crazy patchwork, as seen here on Gloria’s “Priscilla Needle Book” (the looped Cretan stitch begins at the top left corner and runs diagonally down to the bottom right). Another variation of herringbone (herringbone with shadowing), as well as beaded picot edge and a dyed guipure lace motif are also shown here.

Follow Gloria’s step-by-step tutorial from her book Glorious Embellishing to recreate this gorgeous stitch. Gloria is the owner of Anne’s Glory Box in Newcastle, Australia and has shared her handwork talents at sewing seminars around the globe, including the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, as well as on numerous DVDs and books.

NOTE: Width of this herringbone stitch may be adjusted as desired.

1. Bring the needle up at point A. Make an upward loop, step up and to the right slightly.


2. Enter at point B and exit at point C. The needle should be above the thread loop (figure 1).

3. To lock the stitch, enter at point D just outside the loop and exit at point B or one thread over from point B (figure 2a and 2b).


4. Make a downward loop; step down and to the right slightly.

5. Enter at point E and exit at point F. The needle should be above the thread loop (figure 3).


6. To lock the stitch, enter at point G just outside the loop and exit at point E or one thread over from point E (figure 4).

7. Continue this herringbone pattern across the fabric (figure 5).


For more crazy quilting and embroidery fun, be sure to check out our new December special, The Crazy Quilting Bundle. This special collection includes six resources (two DVDs and four books) from Gloria McKinnon, J. Marsha Miller and Barbara Randle.

I hope you can join us soon for one of our face-to-face teacher licensings or School of Art Fashion events, or one of our online teacher licensing events. Registration is now open for our School of Art Fashion events in Lakeland, Fla., March 2-4, 2015 and Atlanta, Ga., March 9-11, 2015. We will have more information and open registration for the remaining events very soon!

Wishing you a New Year full of joy and lots of sewing time in 2015!

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin

P.S. Looking for some “Hand On” quilting and embroidery education? Our friends at RNK and Floriani are hosting two-day classes across the country. Learn more and check out the schedule to see when they are coming to a city near you.

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