I designed the Weekenders range of blackwork embroidery kits for stitchers with limited time. Small enough to complete in a weekend, but not necessarily just for beginners, they are the ideal way to increase your blackwork skills.
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Design size: 8 x 7 inches
A landscape in the style of Clarice Cliff, worked in coloured blackwork with a little cross stitch for the roof of the cottage.
Each blackwork fill is surrounded by an outline and I like to get those outlines in place first then, once the pattern itself is established, I can put my chart to one side and enjoy the rhythm of the stitching.
Downloadable Chart £3.25
Design size: 4.25 x 3 inches
Rich burgundy and gold make this spectacular blackwork butterfly really stand out.
The top wings use a light fill, the bottom a heavier one, and the solid areas are stitched in cross stitch using two strands of floss.
Mounted with a burgundy matt and a gold frame to pick up the sparkly thread it is sure to catch the eye when hanging on your wall.
Downloadable Chart £2.25
Design size: 6 x 3 inches
Design size: 8 x 4 inches
Downloadable Chart £2.25
Can you see the highlights on this tortoise's glossy shell? These are created by not stitching in those areas.
Increasing the number of stitches in the blackwork fill pattern as you reach the shadowed areas, gives depth to this blackwork embroidery kit of a tortoise. His legs and the bottom of the shell are worked in two different fills, giving a nice contrast to the design.
Erica, from Cumbria, UK, stitched this design and wrote in...
"I bought this to do for my mum, as she had always wanted another tortoise after ours died when I was a young girl.
She kept buying pottery ones until her fire place was full of them. Dad commented that she could have bought a real one with all the money she had spent on the pottery ones!
I did this for her, because of her love of tortoises and my love of blackwork. It was really quick and easy to do, the chart was very easy to follow, and I managed to keep it a secret from her until she received it for her birthday.
It now has pride of place in her hallway, and she even has two real tortoises now as well."
Aug 09, 18 12:53 PM
I want to do hardanger on paper and will use stitches only, no cutting out. Should I use embroidery cotton and can I use a small hardanger pattern to put
Jul 22, 18 02:48 PM
I am stitching a counted cross stitch on plastic canvas. When completing outline details, do I do in and out of every hole or do I extend outline in longer
Jul 11, 18 10:35 AM
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