Blackwork figures by Carol Leather

These blackwork figures will whisk you off to revel in the nostalgic beauty and intrigue of days gone by.

Watch the fashions of the time appear on your fabric, and, if you are anything like me, imagine, just for a moment, that you have a figure like theirs!

If you haven't tackled blackwork before, you might like to download my Blackwork for Beginners ebook.

Pearl - art deco lady

Two shades of plum with a touch of silver metallic thread for her stole, and beaded earrings, recreate the beauty of the 1920s.

Or stitch her in black and gold for a fresh look entirely.

Design size: 21 x 8.25 inches

Downloadable Chart £5.00

Coral - 1930s lady

Pearl has proved so popular that you all asked for a companion design. Here is Coral, from the 1930s wearing a pleated skirt (uses shading techniques), a beaded necklace and long silver gloves.

Design size: 22.25 x 7.5 inches

Downloadable Chart £5.00


Our third blackwork figure design from the 20s and 30s is Jasper. Standing proudly beside his prize gramophone, he waits patiently for either of our ladies to notice him.

Worked in black, grey and plum with pearl beads on his waistcoat, he would make an ideal partner for Pearl or Coral.

Design size: 18.5 x 8 inches

Downloadable Chart £5.00

Sophie - 1950s bride

My mother got married at the end of the 1950s and I modelled this design after a photo of her.

Sophie is simple to stitch in blue with a colorful bouquet.

Design Size: 8.5 x 20.25 inches

Downloadable chart £5.00

Georgina Edwardian lady

Stitched in two shades of blue with the addition of some silver highlights, this elegant lady reclines on her chaise longue. 

The furniture is very simple to stitch, and her dress also uses an easy blackwork fill pattern, first worked in blue and then in silver. 

Add some shading to the darker blue fabric to give it depth.

Design size: approx 11 x 13 inches

Downloadable Chart £5.00

Swan Lake

Another blue and white design, but this time in reverse. Solid areas of cross stitch combine with delicate blackwork patterns to create this beautiful ballerina. 

The dress is a combination of white thread and blending filament to give a subtle glitter to the garment. 

Design size: 11.7 x 12 inches

Downloadable chart £3.50

Marina - blackwork mermaid

Design size: 14.4 x 7.6 inches
36.5 x 19.3cm (approx)

Although it looks intricate, this fantasy blackwork mermaid's tail is easier to stitch than it may appear. You can stitch the base pattern across the complete area and then build up additional stitches to give the shaded effect to the front edge. 

Much of the effect comes from using randomly dyed threads for both the tail and seascape behind the mermaid. Add a little sparkle with vertical lines in silver metallic thread.

Only stitch the shadowed areas on her skin, to provide contrast to the tail and hair. 

The seascape behind her is framed with a border reminiscent of seashells.

Downloadable Chart £4.50

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