This page explains how to work a blackwork pattern. If you were looking for blackwork designs to download please check my online catalog.
This attractive blackwork pattern is super simple to stitch. There are also ways to vary it included in the following step-by-step instructions.
This is a small repeating pattern that gives a medium tone to the stitched area. I call it paper boats as it reminds me of those little folded boats we made as kids, to float in the local pond.
We will use double running stitch to work this blackwork pattern. This avoids any unsightly shadowing showing through from the back of the work, which we may see if we were to use backstitch.
The diagram (right) splits the construction of the pattern up into rows. Each stitch is taken over one Aida block or 2 evenweave fabric threads.
Continue in this way to fill the area. At this point your work should look almost the same on the back as it does on the front although you may have some slightly different stitches at the edges of your work where you changed direction for the next row.
To achieve the effect in the photograph below (left), I added vertical rows of running stitch. If you add these the pattern will look different on the back as shown in the photograph below (right).
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