Blackwork House

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Product Code: 407B



During Elizabethan times, blackwork embroidery was used to decorate clothing to imitate the appearance of lace. The stitch used is often called Holbein stitch because the Dutch painter Holbein had painted members of the royal family wearing clothing decorated in this way.
Blackwork is often used to depict flowers or stylized historical patterns and consists of geometric patterns built up using Holbein stitch (double running stitch) and was traditionally worked in black thread against a contrasting (usually white) background with gold metallic highlights added for extra impact.
Many different effects can be achieved by varying the thickness of the thread, and careful selection of patterns with dark, medium and light tones. If you work the stitches correctly, you will not know the back from the front. In truth, you may find it necessary to combine backstitch and Holbein stitch as you can end up at the end of a row with nowhere to go! In a traditional sampler style but created in a combination of Holbein stitch, backstitch and cross stitch. Worked on Zweigart 26-count linen.
Using black gold and grey this is a very effective piece of embroidery.

The pack includes Dublin 26-count ivory linen, wrapped needle, stranded cottons (floss) gold metallic threads, chart and instructions

Size: 19.5 x 22cm (7.75 x 8.75ins)

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