2 o 2 Anna Scott : 2. You then continue down the leaf shape in Cretan stitch. The needle goes to the back on the outer edge and comes to the front next to the centre vein - as close as possible to the previous stitch and inside the thread loop. It is important also to keep stitches really close together at the outer edges. I push the needle tip up against the previous stitch almost at the op of it, otherwise the angle of the stitches will 'flatten' as you near the base.
A Crewel Beginning:In response to my obvious apprehension RaeleneV, posted the following step by step guide to producing long and short stitch leaves for Design No. 1. You can only reach the same conclusions that I did: the stitch really should be called Long and Longer Stitch. those instructional line drawings we often see do give you a sense of the technique but worked thread shows far more