HNW - Blackwork

Carolyn Kayta Barrows kayta at
Fri Jul 30 08:11:22 PDT 1999

>1. Find a pattern that has no "floating" motifs - that is, everything is
>attached.  A simple pattern is best, of course.
>2. Take a long thread, and put a needle in both ends.  Pull one through the
>cloth so the middle of the thread is in the cloth.  
>3. Take a couple of stitches with one of your needles.  You will have
>something like: - -
>4. Take your other needle, and go though the same holes, and fill in the
>middle.  You have ---
>You have just done reversible Holbein stitch.  Now play with it...
>5. Do a straight line by doing a few stitches with one needle, then the
>other, and so on.
>Then do zigzags.
>6. Now try a simple pattern.  If you blackwork, you know that you divide it
>into rows or "passes".  Just fill them in on both sides by alternating

7.  Hide the ends between the original threads of the weave, where they cross.

In addition to black cross stitch (=Schwartzcreuzstickerei in German), I
have done 'real' blackwork too.  I was pregnant with my first kid and did
one of the 'pregnant Tudors' from the Holbein of Thos. Moore and family - a
'Tudor station wagon.  The undershirt has double-sided blackwork cuffs, and
all the edges which show are finished with buttonhole stitch and a row of
needle lace, also black.

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