Hand embroidery kits and charts
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Blackwork hand embroidery kits and charts

Christmas blackwork - great for coasters or Christmas cards these designs will get you in the festive mood. Quick to stitch coasters include an angel, a bell, a cute robin with a red breast and a partridge in a pear tree.

Blackwork kits for beginners - Coloured guidelines that immediately show you where to start and where to go from there, will start you off on the exciting new needlework technique of blackwork. Choose from a cute little owl, a rocking horse or a rabbit

Blackwork Windmills - A set of three small designs based on different types of windmills. Worked in blue threads reminiscent of Delft china.

Weekenders - for those with limited time, range includes a Clarice Cliff design, a blackwork butterfly in red, a tortoise, a snail and a pretty calla lily (worked in white thread on black fabric for a stunning effect).


Blackwork ladies - in blue and white

Blackwork figures - from the 1920's and 30's. Best sellers!

Blackwork Animals - Portraits of an elephant, a rhino, a goose and a rooster.

The rooster is suitable for a beginner to blackwork, while the others use shading techniques to bring them to life.

Medieval blackwork - featuring a knight on horseback and a demure medieval lady.

Blackwork Assisi Embroidery - a new twist on a traditional style of embroidery. Stitch blackwork cats, dogs and swans and frame them or make them into needle cases.

Blackwork flowers - Floral portraits of a rose, a fuchsia, a waterlily and irises.

Various shading techniques are used in these blackwork flower patterns to add depth to the designs.

Fleur de lis - Three designs based on the traditional motif

Blackwork Samplers - Can be made up as cushions (or pillows) or framed for the wall. The samplers range in size from the blackwork chess board at almost 17 inches square down to a little blackwork pincushion at just 4 inches square.

Fantasy blackwork - Stitch a stunning mermaid or glorious oriental dragon in blackwork. The mermaid, Marina, uses wonderful hand-dyed threads for her tail and the sea. The dragon is resplendent in red, gold and black.

Oriental blackwork ladies - Coloured blackwork designs with an Eastern theme. Work the Japanese Lady in turquoise and silver or Keiko, the Geisha girl, in red and gold, then add a sprinkling of beads.

Blackwork and cross stitch lacemakers - Try the same design in two different techniques

Mischief the cat - and his antics will keep you amused in this series of designs

Cross Stitch hand embroidery kits and charts

Celtic cross stitch patterns illustrate the four elements - earth, fire, water and air.

Baby cross stitch patterns - Stitch a gift for a new baby.

Cross stitch dragons - download only - Old Smokey and his friend the wizard are having a great time! While in Magic Moments the boy dragon serenades his girlfriend with music and a rose.

British Wildlife in cross stitch - download only - Stitch a family of badgers, fallow deer or red foxes

Hardanger Patterns

Hardanger patterns - Wish Upon a Star sampler and the cute Hardanger Owl start the ball rolling in this section

Needlepoint Patterns

Textures to dye for - Delightful little needlepoint patterns using textured stitches and over dyed threads.



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