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« on: September 26, 2012 03:58:51 PM »

So, for an anniversary gift for my boyfriend, I wanted to make him a lady's favor, an embroidered handkerchief like historically quasi-accurate dames would give to dashing knights.

I haven't done much embroidery as is, during more work in crochet and counted cross-stitch, but I do have enough experience to at least want to attempt this.

I wanted to know, though, how to work the back, since it wouldn't be hidden in the hoops or frames I'm more familiar with. Does anyone have experience with this, or has attempted a similar project and could give me advice of any nature?
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012 07:14:29 AM »

I've done a few hankies before I actually just leave them open. If you really wanted to, you could put a piece of soft fusible interfacing on the back to cover the stitches.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2012 07:27:55 AM »

I agree with kittykill I wouldn't do anything to the back other than stitch in the thread ends as I went along. Or you could do your embroidery on a separate piece of cotton and then applique that to your hankie?
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012 12:16:09 PM »

If you're worried about the back of your work not looking pretty, you can always try blackwork with double-running (also known as holbein) stitch. It's a variant on running stitch that looks the same from both sides - the only really tricky things is starting and finishing, and it's essentially counted work.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012 10:14:09 AM »

If you're worried about the back of your work not looking pretty, you can always try blackwork with double-running (also known as holbein) stitch. It's a variant on running stitch that looks the same from both sides - the only really tricky things is starting and finishing, and it's essentially counted work.



I agree that this would make for a far neater back. I would make sure my scissors had as fine a point on them as possible to ensure neat clipping of threads.


If I remember my needlework history correctly, Henry the VIII's first wife, Catharine of Aragon, brought over blackwork from Spain when she wed Henry's older brother, Arthur. If I also recall correctly, blackwork came into being as it resembled lace, which had huge taxes imposed upon it and it was was notoriously hard to come by and heinously expensive to get.

Good luck and please post pictures! Smiley
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