Sardinian Knotted Embroidery

Cover of Yvette Stanton, 'Sardinian Knotted Embroidery' (2014). Cover of Yvette Stanton, 'Sardinian Knotted Embroidery' (2014).

Sardinian knotted embroidery is a form of whitework from the town of Teulada, in southern Sardinia. Teulada embroidery is locally called Punt ‘e Nù (‘knotted stitches’) and is a form of counted thread work. The main stitch is the coral stitch, which is worked in geometric patterns of varying degrees of complexity. The designs are usually worked in diagonal lines, working from left to right.

Teulada embroidery is normally worked in white, but other pastel colours are also being produced. This form of embroidery was traditionally used to decorate men’s shirts, especially on the collars, cuffs and yokes. Some of the designs are reminiscent of Holbein stitch (double running stitch) patterns, especially those produced during the Mamluk period in the Eastern Mediterranean. This is not so surprising, as there were and are close connections between the various communities living around the Mediterranean.


  • RALUI, Gioja (2014). Sardinian Knot Stitch: Interpreted by Gioja Ralui, print-on-demand book by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN: 10: 1500158054.
  • STANTON, Yvette (2014). Sardinian Knotted Embroidery: Whitework from Teulada, Hornsby Westfield: Vetty Creations.

Digital source (retrieved 29th May 2016).



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