Oriental blackwork designs

If you love elegance, then these japanese lady blackwork charts are for you!

This collection features feminine grace combined with elegant movement. Metallic threads and seed beads add detail while complimenting the blackwork embroidery in these stunning designs. The intricate geometric patterns are easier to stitch than they may first appear. 

If you haven't tried this embroidery technique before, the Blackwork for Beginners guide will cover the basics, such as Holbein stitch, so you don't get lost.

Learning blackwork embroidery is a wonderful way to reconnect with your artistic side. You can switch it up and use any thread color you want, making sure the change in hue provides contrast with the white linen or evenweave fabric. 

Turquoise Japanese lady blackwork

Japanese lady blackwork design

Design Details

  • Design size: 20 x 9 inches
  • Downloadable chart: £5.00

Dressed in a pretty kimono, fan and turquoise obi this japanese lady blackwork design has the perfect wardrobe for the cherry blossom season.

Whether you  choose to stitch her in 3 shades of cotton embroidery floss or exotic silk thread, a hint of silver sets her off to perfection.

Contrast is provided by using a widely spaced pattern depicting water lilies in her kimono, compared to more dense blackwork patterns in her obi (or belt) and around the hem. Her hair is worked in pattern darning, a form of running stitch, over 1 fabric thread.

A turquoise seed bead is added to the center of each flower for added charm. 

Keiko - Geisha girl in red and gold

Keiko japanese geisha in blackwork embroidery

Design details

  • Design size: 19.25 x 9.5 inches
  • Downloadable chart: £5.00


This blackwork geisha is the perfect image to take you back in time when Japan was still under this rich culture.

This stunning oriental blackwork embroidery pattern depicts a delicate geisha girl standing under a paper parasol with mountains in the background.

The contrast of the red and gold intricate fill pattern, the black cross stitched hair and accents left void, will entrance anyone that sees it.

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