Palestrina Embroidery

Important embroidery that arises in Italy in the Palestrina region, approximately between the Renaissance and the Baroque.



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  • 1 Origins
  • 2 Realization
  • 3 Recommended Materials
  • 4 Sources


The Palestrina stitch is an important embroidery consisting of a succession of thick knots. This important point arises in the Palestrina region, Italy, possibly between the Renaissance and the Baroque, periods of artistic splendor in Italy. It is worked, like the chain stitch, on a previously marked fabric thanks to the carbon paper. The most recurring drawings are usually floral and rarely geometric motifs. It is present in all kinds of trousseau work: especially tablecloths. Possibly the embroidery that best results from when combined with bobbin lace. One of the few fields in which the point of Palestrina is not just favorable is in bedding, although it is frequent to see it in bedspreads.


Palestrina embroidery of angelfish.

It works from left to right and consists of only three simple steps, but which should be settled before starting a first job.

  • 1st A stitch similar to a half cross stitch (in direction /) is given on the right side of the piece. This, well done, produces a vertical stitch on the reverse. This is the only setback of the point.
  • The needle is passed over the previous half cross stitch downwards, which produces a kind of loop.
  • 3rd Finally, that same stitch is repeated, but going to the right. To give your work a real taste, do not throw too much when doing this, since the important thing here is that the point bulges.

But in many cases, some publications edit Palestrina models introducing bodoques, bars (a kind of random cross stitch , since the threads are not counted) or stem stitch.

Recommended Materials

Generally, the Palestrina knit can be made on any closed fabric, so it is not very advisable in Panama fabric or the like. As for threads, undoubtedly the best finish is with Pearl thread, numbers five or eight; its brightness and thickness are perfect in this case. It can be done with great ease in the finger, so the use of any racks is totally discouraged. And needles, the ones that suit the mercer for each case, depending on the fabric.


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