HNW - Blackwork thread counts

Karen Larsdatter karen at
Tue May 4 12:24:27 PDT 1999

At Tuesday, 4 May 1999, you wrote:

> If I want to make a shirt with blackwork cuffs and collars, would the
> best period-correct approximation be to buy good-quality sewing linen
> and work the blackwork freehand over it, concentrating on keeping the
> motifs even in size rather than on the number of threads under each
> stitch?  (This would be a relief, actually; the thought of buying
> embroiderer's high-count linen in shirt yardages made me pale.)

Yup.  What I generally use in this kind of situation is waste canvas 
(usually 14 count) positioned along the grain of the fabric.


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