I have often been asked to explain the difference between blackwork and backstitch and the answer is to look at the back of the stitching.
If the stitches have been worked correctly, you will not know the back from the front. In truth, you may find it necessary to combine backstitch and Holbein to prevent ending up at the end of a row with nowhere to go! Double running stitch became known as Holbein stitch because the Dutch painter of the same name was famous for his paintings depicting blackwork on costumes. Traditionally the outline of the pattern is worked first, often in a heavier thread weight and then the filling patterns are worked from the middle of any section.
Simple blackwork design on Dublin 26-count linen.
Simple blackwork design on Dublin 26-count linen in ivory.
Simple blackwork design worked on Dublin 26-count ivory linen.
Simple blackwork project worked on 26-count ivory linen.
Blackwork but worked in colour – these are a real treat and look lovely finished. The design is worked in a combination of cross stitch, backstitch and Holbein stitch.
Blackwork but worked in colour – these are a real treat and look lovely finished. The outline is stitched first and then the filling stitches are worked in one strand only.
In a traditional sampler style but created in a combination of Holbein stitch. backstitch and cross stitch.
Worked on Zweigart 26-count linen.
Lily blackwork but in colour! Counted from a chart using black stranded cotton (floss) and multicolour threads to great effect.
The perfect start to your experience of blackwork. Worked in a combination of Holbein stitch and backstitch. It combines black stranded cotton (floss), space dyed cotton and gold metallic.
An ideal way to be introduced to this Tudor technique. Blackwork is worked in back stitch and Holbein stitch on evenweave.
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