Blackwork in color

by Penny
(California)

I've noticed that some of the magazines show blackwork in different colors. Is it ever OK to have a lighter floss and a darker fabric? I'm thinking of a gold silk floss on olive green fabric. What do you think?

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Definitely!
by: Carol

Hi Penny,

Most definitely! As long as there is enough contrast between the thread color and that of the fabric, blackwork can be worked in a lighter color on a darker fabric.

There are some things to keep in mind, though.

In the usual (dark on light) variation, the more stitches in an area the darker that section will appear. However, when working with a light thread, this will be reversed and a densely stitched area will appear lighter.

You might like to check out my Calla Lily design here which is worked in white on black, as an example of a simple piece worked in this manner.

Your idea of gold silk on a dark olive green material sounds delightful! I would love to see your finished piece should you decide to go ahead with this.

Has anyone else tried stitching with pale threads on a dark fabric? Did you like the effect?

Regards,

Carol

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