HNW - Another Blackwork question

Linn Skinner skinner02 at
Tue Jun 8 12:20:53 PDT 1999


When blackwork sorts of linear designs were worked on samplers in the 16/17
Century they were done in a counted technique.

I have only seen one costume piece in black that came close to being a
counted thread technique.

Voided ground designs from Italy began to be worked in a counted manner
quite early on.  I believe mainly because the tradition of drawn thread
(another counted technique) was done at the same time and the concept
developed because of this sort of counting.

Linn Skinner
Skinner Sisters
skinner_sisters at
- -----Original Message-----
From: Liz /cozit <cozit at>
To: h-needlework <h-needlework at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 11:46 AM
Subject: HNW - Another Blackwork question

>Knowing that evenweave is a fairly modern weave, and knowing that
>sometimes pouncing is/was used to put a pattern on fabric to work it, I
>started thinking...
>Anyone out there know when people might have started to count threads to
>work a blackwork or Assisi pattern?
>And...Was it a general rule of thumb to somehow (pouncing, drawing or
>whatever) transfer the pattern to the material to work it in whatever
>stitches fit?  Or were designs from samplers or pattern books ever
>Curious as ever,
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