Wednesday, October 11, 2006

First attempt at Blackwork...



I've finally attempted blackwork! I've been wanting to make an Elizabethan shirt with blackwork on it for a while. Blackwork just looks so spiffy. So, I found a couple of patterns at the Blackwork Embroidery Archives, and I set to work. The one I ended up using is called Quatrefoil (I think this means something like 'four flowers'). Everybody I asked told me to use the leaf pattern for my collar and cuffs, but I love the sharp look of the quatrefoiles. I just finished the cuff stitching about ten minutes ago, so I had to run stick them in the scanner and post!

7 comments:

Beth said...

Those are simply gorgeous. That's going to be one stunnign set of cuffs and collar.

Bethany said...

pretty! :-)

Julebug said...

Oooh, lovely job! Is that counted stitch blackwork, or did you "freehand" it? Inquring minds want to know!

Katie said...

really beautiful!

Abigael said...

Um... well, it was supposed to be counted stitch. Due to the 'wigglyness' of my warp and weft, though, I ended up sort of freehanding it. As you can sort of tell, unfortunately, lol.

Julebug said...

Actually, I can't tell at all. I tend to "freehand" mine too, cuz I'm too poor to afford the evenweave linen. And your cuffs plus box pleated ruffles are so wonderful! I can't wait to see the shirt finished!

Raisah said...

Wow! Thanks for the link to the patterns of Blackwork!! ^_^