Sardinian Knot Stitch

I’ve been exploring new forms of needlework again. This time I’m taking an online course, through Virtual Threads (an online guild associated with the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada) focusing on the Sardinian Knot Stitch. It is being taught by Jeanie of the blog Italian Needlework.

Sardinian Knot Stitch practice motif

Sardinian Knot Stitch practice motif

Sardinian Knot Stitch (or Sardinian Knotted Embroidery) comes from a small village named Teulada on the island of Sardinia. There this form of knotted white work is called Punt’e Nù. But, because the women of the village do not readily teach their craft, it is more correct to not use that term for similar work done by outsiders.

The video above, although an advertisement for a book, shows some absolutely lovely examples of this needlework. My little practice motif (farther above) is done on 18 count Davosa fabric using #5 perle cotton, so it looks much more coarse and chunky. I don’t know if I will ever get to the level of 30 count linen and delicate threads, but it is something to aspire to for sure.

Sardinian Knot Stitch is actually quite simple to work. Your needle is always inserted right to left under a vertical thread on your fabric. The working thread is then wrapped around your needle, and the needle is pulled through pulling the working thread tight. The completed stitch appears almost entirely on the top of the fabric, and creates lovely raised designs. Motifs are nearly always worked on the diagonal, and geometric motifs are the most common.

I’ll be working on this class throughout the month of April. The finished project will be a pretty little mug mat, covered with several knot stitch motifs. If that ends up going well, who knows what I may end up doing next. 😉

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9 Responses to Sardinian Knot Stitch

  1. Rachel says:

    There’s always something new and interesting to learn, isn’t there!

  2. Grace Horton says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Be sure to show us your progress…

  3. Daffycat says:

    It’s such fun to learn new things. Your motif is very pretty!

  4. How exciting…. Never thought of doing an online course before… Curious to see how you get on! Is it easy to follow?
    Yes, your new stitch is interesting and I am looking forward to watching what else you do!
    Smiles 🙂

  5. Bea says:

    Very pretty. It’s amazing how much variety there is in this needlework craft of ours.

  6. Heather says:

    It looks great 🙂

  7. Weronika says:

    Very interesting and beautiful. it is such a fun to learn new things!

  8. Katie says:

    Always fun to learn something new. Great job! Love the color you picked.

  9. Joanne P says:

    Something new to me too. Your motif looks lovely and a great way to practise.
    Hope you enjoy the course.