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1  Blackwork - sort of... in Needlework: Completed Projects by K the CraftyWitch on: June 24, 2009 11:58:12 AM
Hi there! Here's my first foray into blackwork. Well, it's SUPPOSED to be blackwork, but I decided to do it in color. The words are done in variegated thread. It is to be a cover for a binder for a friend's birthday gift. Each motif covers a different season (Oak, Thistle, Holly, Pansy). It took me forever to chart it out because I've never done that before. Didn't take too long to do, however - perhaps only about 2 weeks or so.

I had a lot of fun with this, and the patterns were obtained from www.blackworkarchives.com which is a fantastic resource for blackwork material.


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2  And another sugar skull in Needlework: Completed Projects by K the CraftyWitch on: June 20, 2009 05:56:22 AM
A friend suggested that I post the picture of my skull here.  I'm actually gifting this piece today to a woman who just got a tattoo of a similar sugar skull on her arm.

Apparently the UT Dias De Los Muertos (sorry if I botched that one up) skull is very popular! Each of them are so beautiful! I don't know if mine is even of that caliber, but it was fun to do! My excuse is that I've not embroidered like this in several decades, but I'll get better. I've come to the conclusion that I am not the biggest fan of satin stitching. Yes, Practice....I'll keep working at it. I'm wondering if I should have tea-stained my fabric first to make the white stand out more, but I'm not frogging it now!  /laugh

I did not use DMC or Anchor floss for this. I used the colors that came with the multipacks of floss you can get from your local craft store (mine was called Prism). They are definitely more economical than purchasing DMC, but I wouldn't recommend them if you were interested in a lot of color-matching. It was the first time I ever used a non-DMC thread, and I was worried the quality would be less - but the colors didn't bleed on my practice wash with a scrap piece of material and threads (even in almost boiling water!), and I didn't have to use vinegar in the water. I was really impressed by that!

Oh yes, Virginia, those are french knots and lazy daisys in the eyes! It was the only way I could incorporate all the colors I used in the skull within the eyes. And no....I'm not about to show the back due to extreme embarrassment. It's all kinds of crazy!  Cheesy

I really want to thank LisaLady and her post on fill stitches for my inspiration here...I'm very grateful!

Time to return to my blackwork project!

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