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« on: October 29, 2011 03:46:09 AM »

Back in May I was commissioned by a friend to make her some blackwork for her Tudor costume, which meant making four cuffs and two collars, as I was making them for her partner as well.  We spent ages trying to find a pattern, and usual, the answer was found on the Blackwork Archives.  I finally finished stitching them late last night, and am off to hand them over this afternoon!! Nothing like a bit of last minute frantic stitching!  This was the end result -



They are stitched on linen fabric with silk embroidery thread.  I think I got through 3 skeins of silk during this project!  The linen was an absolute pain to work with.  Was incredibly fine, and therefore had incredibly tiny holes which were frustrating to count!!  I sort of lost count of the time it took after reaching the 100 hours mark, and there is just under 60 inches of blackwork in total Smiley

Here's a couple of close up shots -





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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011 06:33:01 AM »

very beautifully done! 
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011 07:07:37 AM »

Holy moly, that's beautiful! What is it for?
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011 07:32:45 AM »

WOW! That is some tiny stitching!

Also, I saw this in the thumbnail on the Home page in Newest Topics and knew exactly who had posted it after one look. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2011 08:01:32 AM »

That's incredible work.  I can't imagine the patience it took counting on fabric like that.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2011 10:00:49 AM »

Great work!  I made my first Elizabethan court gown and wore it to the Ren Faire in my state last month, and totally skipped doing any blackwork.  Yours is beautiful, and I think I would have put the embroidery needle in my eye so I didn't have to finish all that!
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2011 10:17:35 AM »

Smiley Thanks so much guys!!

@EMNemastil - They are going to be used as part of my friends Tudors costume. The smaller bits are cuffs to go on the end of the smock, and the longer bits are collars to be attached to a partlet Smiley

@TroubleT - Thanks! Haha blackwork does seem to take over my life!!!

@Homerof2 - Epic amounts of patience were definitely involved!!  The weave was slightly wonky as well, so was thicker in one direction than the other which made starting it all initially incredibly time consuming, working out how to actually stitch it.

@amazing_784 - Haha that did cross my mind lol!! I did start to despair half way through and had to put it all away for a few weeks for a much needed break!

Was all worth it today though when I handed it over to my friend who was thankfully incredibly happy with it Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2011 10:49:04 AM »

This is beautiful. I love blackwork and have done some but never for an actual outfit. And so far I have just been using cross stitch material. I can't imagine counting the treads in that linen.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2011 10:30:54 AM »

Wow, I admire your skills and your patience!
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011 08:12:30 PM »

Just beautiful! Smiley
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