Hello lovely friends and readers,
Hope things are well on your side this mid-week. As part of the monthly Needle-quest over at Sew-In-Love, this month we are exploring Blackwork Embroidery.
I totally love this embroidery technique. Black work embroidery has its history started long way back during the Tudor period of King Henry VIII when Queen Catherine had brought back pieces of blackwork garments from Spain. Wow… such long history dated back to the 16th Century. Isn’t that amazing 😀
And guess what, the interesting thing about this embroidery technique is we have to work in the colour “BLACK”. Then again, we can always choose to be more adventurous in the other colour choices 😀
In my short journey with Embroidery, I’ve done some small pieces with this technique. Below are my past work, feel free to click on any of the links which will direct you in reading more about it.
I’ve done some Black Work Embroidery within an Oak Leaf previously and I’ve filled the space with the filling-in stitches.
You can see that at different angles, the part of the leaf has been filled in with various stitches. The finished look is as below 🙂 You can read more about it here.
I also used black-work technique with a challenge I had earlier on. And since it was a Heart Challenge, I’ve drew a Heart shape and filled the space with this beautiful stitches. More reading on this post.
And I’ve also had the opportunity to take part in SALs with Black Work embroidery. You may read more as below:
This mini-sal was a fun one which I did with Claire’s WordPress and completed on May 2013. You can read more of the post here. I’ve mixed in red, blue and pink in this mini-SAL. It was totally fun stitching this.
Next up was a SAL with a very delicate design by Avis.
We had so much fun being mystified by Avis during this SAL, completed on June 2013. Is like every week we were challenged by Avis with new stitching and in my mind is like “What’s next”. If you like this design, you can read more here too.
In short, I have to say this technique does have its charm in a certain way. If you love geometrical look, something that looks consistent and in order, I’m sure you will be thrilled working in this technique.
As for the quest, I’ve also been working quietly with more black work stitching (which I’ve totally use BLACK this time). It is not really finished yet (cos I’ve only completed 7 of 12 panels, so don’t be alarmed with the blue markings, cos these are my grid lines, and will be washed away with water later).
Anyhow I’m happy to show bits and pieces of it 😀
Now you can understand the reasons why sometimes I’m missing in action right.. LOL.. I had been busy with these panels.. and I can’t believe that I still have 5 more to go
LOL. So I’m not sure if I can complete the sampler by the end of month. Anyhow, I will try my best to do so and do check in, I will write another post on this progress.
I hope this write-up may have inspired some of you to start the Blackwork journey. So pick up a cloth, some black thread, needle and stitch away. I will leave you with some beautiful ideas, you may click here, here and here for more inspiration.
Have fun and happy stitching :D.