Black Embroidery

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Blackwork Embroidery is a form embroidery using black thread. Sometimes it is counted-thread embroidery which is usually stitched on even-weave fabric. Any black thread can be used, but firmly twisted threads give a better look than embroidery floss. Traditionally blackwork is stitched in silk thread on white or off-white linen or cotton fabric. Sometimes metallic threads or coloured threads are used for accents.

Scarlet work is like black work, except it is sewn with red thread.

The stitches used for counted thread black work are double running or Holbein stitch, back stitch, and sometimes stem stitch. Historically it was done on plain weave fabric. Modern stitcher’s often use even weave fabric made especially for counted thread work.

BASIC STITCHES

Back Stitch
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Corner Stitch
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Holbein Stitch

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Double Cross Stitch

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Algerian Stitch

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Chess Board is ideal for a Black Embroidery Project . Each block on your chess board is nearly 4cm square making it easy to do. There are totally 32 decorated squares. In the coming issues we will see the
different fillings. Stay Tuned.

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