Palestrina stitch and its members draw their origin from Italy. This stitch forms an essential part of many of italy’s ancient embroderies.
The characteristic of this stitch is a knoted line. Usually, these knots are closely placed, but variations can lead to longer stitches dotted with knots. These will look like the coral stitch with a big knot.
Palestrina stitches can be used on any fabric with almot any kind of thread. The bolder the the thread, the bolder the knots will be. The Perle cotton thread is often suggested as the knots show up better.
This stitch can be used to outline designs, do border work or even attaching appliques.
The members of palestrina stitch family are:
1. Palestrina stitch
2. Reversed palestrina stitch
3. Triple palestrina stitch
4. Basque knot
5. Sorbello stitch
Each of them differ much from each other in some ways, but the basic technique of making the knots remains the same. So, when going through the lessons, just gather in the logic of making the knots, and then, palestrina family of stitches will be one of the most interesting stitches to experiment with! 🙂