Let your imagination free with these fantasy blackwork patterns which can be downloaded directly to your device..
The dragon is a Chinese beast, due to having four legs. They are said to be a symbol of good luck, power and strength. Unlike western dragons he is not aggressive, but benevolent.
The other mythological creature featured in my fantasy blackwork collection is the mermaid.
Some cultures think that mermaids are nasty and connected with shipwrecks and drowning, while others consider them as friendly and tell stories of them falling in love with humans. I like to think of Marina as belonging to the second group.
If you haven't tackled this technique before you might like to download my ebook. Blackwork for Beginners to learn the basics.
My son was born in the Chinese year of the dragon so this blackwork dragon has special meaning to our family.
Designed in red and gold, this design also looks splendid in green and gold.
Just four different blackwork fill patterns complete this design. To create the shading to his belly and tail extra stitches are added to the pattern to darken it.
The solid areas around his head consist of cross stitches, whereas his teeth and mouth are left blank for contrast.
Downloadable Chart £5.00
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 whole 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. A little sparkle is added with vertical lines in silver metallic thread.
Only the shadowed areas are stitched on her skin, providing contrast to the tail and hair.
The seascape behind her is framed with a border reminiscent of seashells.
Downloadable Chart £4.50