Merezhka Poltavska is a beautiful form of traditional Ukrainian embroidery. While there are many types of coloured Ukrainian embroidery such as nyzynka and nastyluvannia, it is the fact that merezhka is essentially whitework (white thread on white fabric) that makes it so attractive. Yvette Stanton has written a step-by-step book for learning how to create this type of drawn thread work, called Ukrainian Drawn Thread Embroidery: Merezhka Poltavska. What is merezhka? Merezhka is the Ukrainian word for drawn thread work. It is a general term that includes many drawn thread techniques from different regions. Merezhka Poltavska is from the Ukrainian city of Poltava. It uses a unique stitching technique called "layerings", combined with hemstitching.