Blackwork Embroidery

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Blackwork Embroidery

Blackwork, also historically known as “Spanish Blackwork” or “Spanish work” uses black thread and a unique set of stitches on light colored fabric to portray geometric, rounded and shaded subjects. Blackwork was primarily used to decorate the collars and cuffs of shirts. The technique creates an almost lace-like appearance that was beautiful on both sides of a fabric due to the use of the double running stitch.

The stitches covered in this class are: Holbein stitch/double running, backstitch and stem stitch. These stitches along with the contrast of the dark thread on the light cloth are a beloved technique and have been used since the 15th century!

This class is a great way to expand your embroidery stills and connect your stitching to a long practiced tradition.

Materials Required:

  • 1x size 26 tapestry/cross stitch

  • 1x size 10 embroidery needle

  • 1 x Black Size 50 Cotton Machine thread

  • 1 x Black DMC stranded cotton (Colour number 310)

  • 1 x Black DMC Coton a Broder size 20 (Colour number 310) or 2 strands of DMC stranded cotton

  • Zweigart 28 count ivory cashel linen or any 28 ct evenweave fabric.

  • Embroidery hoop between 6” – 8” or at least 10 inch square.

  • Embroidery or other small scissors

  • A pencil

    Optional
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  • A needle threader if you struggle with threading

  • A light

  • A magnifier

Alternatively, you can purchase a materials kit with the class in the drop down menu below by selecting “Class + Kit”. The kit includes needles, thread, fabric and a hoop.

Dates
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Time
11am – 1pm EDT

Location
Zoom, a link will be sent to participants 1-2 days before class.

Cost
$35 for class, $60 for class and kit (includes domestic U.S. shipping. Choose this option before Monday, May 3)

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