HNW - Blackwork thread counts

Charlene Charette charlene at
Tue May 18 00:56:16 PDT 1999

Frank&Tracy Thallas JR wrote:

> > If surviving Elizabethan blackwork embroideries were on 40-60 count
> > linen, were they generally worked over four?  (Over *gulp* one?)
>    Blackwork on regular fabric (linen, etc) has to be worked over at least 2,
> or your stitch slides under the ground thread and disappears.....

Actually, it *can* be done.  And yes, I did more than *LOTS* of swearing as I
babied those stitches into place.  I found the sewing method sunk the stitches and
had to switch to the stab method.

- --Charlene

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