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« on: March 23, 2004 02:30:39 PM »

Hey. I have recently become interested in this art form, and was wondering if anyone out in carftster land shared this enthusiasm? All I've done so far are a couple of free patterns I've founbd on the internet. Just wondering if anybody had any knowledge or interest in this stuff.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2004 06:00:19 PM »

I LOVE BLACKWORK. I have tons of handkerchiefs...I never use them. It's just really calming. The only problem is that blackwork isn't really useful for anything but accessories...
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2004 05:31:03 AM »

what is blackwork??
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2004 07:20:13 AM »

Here goes. I'll post an example when I get home, if I remember. But for a non visual definition, Blackwork is an embroidery form using (usually) one color and designs that are either geometric or figurative. It's very pretty and compelling. I adore the way that it looks, but I can't decide if I like the attention to detail or despise it for the tedium. But so far I'm sticking with it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2004 10:12:47 AM »

http://www.tompudding.co.uk/blackwork%20poppy.htm

this is a free chart for some blackwork. Best I could do. Enjoy.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2004 06:53:31 PM »

thanks for the link!  I can see how it would only be good for accessories though!
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2004 07:15:09 PM »

I disagree.  It looks like it would be fabulous as borders and feature or pocket designs on shirts or skirts!  And it looks like It'd be very fun to design.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2004 08:15:57 PM »

The only problem is that blackwork isn't really useful for anything but accessories...

I also have to disagree.  I've seen blackwork done along the hem of a skirt, on pockets and on the chest of shirts.  With the right sizing and colour choice, blackwork can look great anywhere.  And I love doing it!
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2004 01:56:47 PM »

I could see it around the hem of a skirt, but not on a pocket...I think pockets and shirts and ESPECIALLY decoration on pockets on shirts is UGLY.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2004 07:17:55 PM »

here's a page that I ran across when looking at ren costuming links...
http://www.needlearts.com/articles/article_13/article_13.htm

and this one has patterns, but they apparently aren't up at the moment...  but it does show you how to do a double running stitch.
http://costume.dm.net/blackwork/index.html

this has a few designs...
http://infotrope.net/sca/textiles/embroidery/blackwork-sources/

and probably the best one...
http://www.blackworkarchives.com/
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