Sunday, 25 April 2021

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 168: Croatian Stitch

Basically, today's stitch, Croatian Stitch, is a Laced Running Stitch. 

This one we have already done. The point with Croatian Stitch, though, seems to be to fill in a shape.

I found Croatian Stitch at Kimberly Ouimet's blog. She in turn had seen it in Mary Webb's Embroidery Stitches.

You start by drawing a shape and stitching the outline with evenly spaced Running Stitch.

After that use a (contrasting) thread to lace the stitches to fill in the shape. 

Now I am not sure if the lacing thread can to go through the Running stitches only once, 

or if twice is possible...

With this double threaded way, the shape really IS filled in...

Personally I like the double version better... and isn't it a good showcase for a variegated thread?

I'd be interested in any information you might have on this stitch. Where does the name come from? Is there a story behind it?

Use Croatian Stitch on these samplers.


  1. I love all the interlaced running stitches. Kids think they are magical.

  2. New name for interlaced running stitch. They make good borders with a bead or french knots.

  3. I do like the double version, and as you say, it shows off the variegated thread beautifully.

  4. Yes, I agree that stitch, single and double especially is a showcase for variegated thread.
    Great tutorial always a treat to see what you're working on.

  5. The variegated thread looks great!

  6. I like the double version better too.

  7. Great stitching. My paternal grandmother was Croatian, I have some cloths she made when my father was young. Sadly I never got to meet her, passing before I was born.

  8. Ooh! Yes, the variegated thread is a wonderful touch!

  9. I like the double version better, too. That is a wonderful thread.


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