- Double running stitch
- Italian stitch
- Square stroke
- Two-sided line
- Two-sided stroke stitch
- Roumanian stitch
Holbein Stitch, also known as double running stitch, is used to stitch blackwork patterns. The stitch is the same on both sides of the fabric, hence its use on collars and cuffs which would be visible from the front and the back. The name ‘Holbein stitch’ is credited as stemming from Hans Holbein the Younger, the 16th century portrait painter who showed blackwork cuffs on his subjects.
For more background see the entry for Double running stitch.
In order to achieve neat finish on both sides of the fabric, work the blackwork pattern with running stitch first.
Structure of stitch
S. F. A. Caulfeild, Blanche C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework (1882) , p.184
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.87
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.121–2
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012)
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)