Black Work

Finally, here is my finished Blackwork frame!

Blackwork is a technique that dates back in English history to the Tudor times. It was used in England on clothing as a very decorative stitch around cuffs and hems; and it also served a purpose of reinforcing the shape. It has a delicate lace look which is why  it was often used as an alternate option to expensive lace. Like canvas work, Black work is a counted technique and is traditionally worked with black silk onto white linen. Modern designs however now incorporate coloured threads and fabrics which can change its effect quite dramatically.


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This technique is possibly one of my favourites, I love the detailed and delicate look it has to it. It also for me looks more aesthetically pleasing than the other techniques I have been doing. I also enjoyed sewing it the most, but then again, that could have been from the cheerful christmas spirit I was surrounded by at the time. My shoe design on the right hand side is based on my alter ego shoe project I did last term. I wanted it to be more of a decorative design instead of an exact representation of a shoe. With this design I found it hard to find stitches to fit each part that I actually liked. I think I unpicked it about 4-5 times before deciding to just get on with it! On the other hand, I worked on the samples rather quickly, I particularly like the ones that are more open, like lace or where the embroidery is quite heavy. I definitely want to expand on this technique later on, try out different threads, materials or maybe even designing some designs of my own.



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