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Day 20 Monday July 10th, 2006

Cretan stitch and button

The seam on the left is cretan stitch…I like how versatile cretan stitch is and this variation as well as looking good on any block is a good one to learn the stitch because you don’t have to worry about getting the ends even just make each one a little bigger thatn the last.

When I got the image of this detail up on my monitor I noticed that it has suffered some wear and tear in the 14 years since I made it…the beads that I trimmed the cretan stitch with were originally dark red and the colour has warn off the beads…when I looked closer at the beads themselves I remembered that I had a batch of faulty beads that did loose their colour coat and I assume that it is those beads as their is no sign of on any of the other embellishments, that is good, every so often I go over my older pieces of work (some of them up to 24 years old) to see how the fabrics, laces and threads are standing the test of time and thus far they are doing well.

On the right side is a button placed at the end of a fancy braid…At the end of a piece of braid is a good way to feature a special button at the same time as you cover the end of the bread…it is also a useful embellishment for breaking long seams because it leads the eye into the next patch instead of seeing the long line.