“Could you show me how to do that? A sort of blackwork for beginners lesson?” I asked my school friend, as an intricate black and gold frog was appearing from nowhere on her fabric.
Then she turned the work over to fasten off her thread and I could hardly believe my eyes. There was another frog on the reverse! When I tried to embroider, I ended up with a tangled forest on the back of my work but her back side was as neat as the front.
We spent a few lunchtimes together, with her trying to show me how to do blackwork embroidery. All too soon it was the summer break and our lessons had to stop, before I had mastered the technique.
I must have been the only child, that year, who couldn't wait to get back to school. Only to find Julie had moved to a new one!
I turned to my grandmother, who had taught me basic embroidery stitches. But she had never tackled blackwork.
I asked my needlework teacher if I could do embroidery in class. She insisted that I make the same skirt that everyone else was stitching. Sigh!
Have you ever wanted to learn something new, but not had anyone around that could help? It is so frustrating isn't it? To have your heart set on learning a skill, but no way of finding a mentor to help fulfill that dream?
In the end, I decided to teach myself blackwork for beginners. The stitches aren't difficult, but making the intricate patterns reversible was another matter!
Sheer perseverance and hard work paid off, and I conquered the simplest patterns.
But that wasn't enough for me. And I guess it wouldn't be for you?
I wanted to devise a way to make the most intricate patterns easy for you to stitch. I wanted to be able to introduce YOU to the wonderful world of blackwork.
I charted some blackwork for beginners projects and started teaching people just like you. I taught at women's groups, local needlework stores and even major stitching shows.
I met some wonderful editors at the shows, who commissioned projects for their needlework magazines.
Blackwork was beginning to become popular and I couldn't have been happier.
But I was only able to travel so far. There was only one of me, and I could only be in one place at a time. Then along came the Internet. A worldwide audience. Wow! Now I could teach you wherever you live.
I hadn't considered writing a book before that meeting in Birmingham.
But the seed had been sown. My mind was racing.
My patterns, which I had been refining every time a question came up in class, would work in a book format. I could include my methods for making those patterns easy to follow.
Of course I didn't stop there.
I wanted the book to lead you through the basics and then on to more advanced techniques. I wanted you to feel that I was there with you, holding your hand as you progressed.
So what is in the book, Blackwork For Beginners?
But the best bit is you don't have to wait by your mailbox for your copy of Blackwork for Beginners to arrive. You will be able to download it and get started straight away.
But stop! Check out what others have said about the book.
Jean, above, was one of the first people I taught how to do blackwork. She was the leader of a women's craft group that met about 15 miles from my home.
I was so nervous that night!
I must have done something right though, as they asked me back many times for more advanced lessons.
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