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anna_lowenstein
« on: February 15, 2011 12:56:46 AM »



This is my first blackwork project, and only the second piece of embroidery I have done in the last  couple of years. (My last one before that was thirty years ago!) I designed it myself, but I took (or adapted) the filling stitches mostly from Lesley Wilkins book Blackwork.



I wanted to do a sampler, so I decided to base it on an Elizabethan knot garden, filling in the squares with different stitches. I found a lot of photos, plans and drawings of knot gardens on the Internet, which I used as the basis of my design. I designed the fountain myself.



I thought my sampler should have some connection with my own life otherwise, why bother doing it? So I decided to use Kenwood House, which is near my parents house in London. My family all love that house and when I was a child we often went there at weekends. I found a picture of Kenwood House on the Internet (try here: http://http://www.plus44.com/heritage/kenwood/kenwood.htm) and I simply drew the house in backstitch. Well, as you can guess, it wasnt quite that simple. It involved a lot of planning and calculating to get the proportions right and fit it into the available space.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011 01:08:00 AM »

Very nice kind of blackwork. my very compliments!

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011 01:16:07 AM »

It is stunning - I love it  Smiley And those small birds on the side. Great work! How are you going tio display it?
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011 01:34:07 AM »

I'm planning to get it framed. I haven't decided what colour frame to have. The obvious colour would be black, but that might look a bit funereal. Another possibility would be light wood, I suppose. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011 01:55:21 AM »

Light blue, or a very light green.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011 03:25:06 AM »

so beautiful - the amount of work you've put into this is really evident.
amazing.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011 03:50:43 AM »

what a lovely piece...how big is it?
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011 04:31:41 AM »

This is just lovely, and what a great idea for a sampler! Not just a patchwork of lovely stitches....
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011 04:43:11 AM »

That is a work of Art!  I couldn't take my eyes off of it.  Don't waste any more time between projects I want to see more.
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011 04:45:21 AM »

Wow.  Yay for blackwork!! This is an amazing piece!!  You did a fab job Smiley
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