HNW - Blackwork
Carolyn Kayta Barrows
kayta at slip.net
Mon Jul 26 12:26:34 PDT 1999
Carol Thomas writes, in a message sent 10:14 P 07/27/99 -0400:
>> So how should I answer
>>when people ask me if it's 'blackwork'? Yes because it's black, but no
>>because it isn't in the traditional English style?
>I'd say, "Depends on how broadly you define blackwork. Opinions vary.
>It's certainly not the classic form."
I guess it means I have to give the long explanatory answer instead of the
short yes or no answer. BTW, what I meant here was the traditional English
style of blackwork.
>And BTW, monochrome cross stitch is a period form in 15th c. England. I
>took a columbine from a boy's shirt that is in the V&A (in dk. blue cross
>stitch) and used it for my device. The shirt has leaves, stems, the
>flowers, and strapwork, all outlined in little cross stitches, on uneven
>weave linen. So it is traditional English embroidery, even if I might not
>call it blackwork by my understanding of the term.
How clever of the English to also do cross stitch.
>An embroidery by any other name.....
>I would like a chance to see what you are doing.
That means I've got to scan this thing and put it on my web page, 'warts
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