HNW - Re: blackwork - starting and ending

Carol Knight carol.knight at chsys.org
Wed Aug 16 13:19:58 PDT 2000


He said it better then I did! ;-D
Roslyn H.
who first fell in love with embroidery when she was around 10-and we aren't
going to say how many centuries ago that was! <LOL>

-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Thallas [mailto:hardcorps at vcn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 2:51 PM
To: H-Needlework at ansteorra.org
Subject: Re: HNW - Re: blackwork - starting and ending


  Greetings, and welcome!
    First of all, blackwork isn't necessarily seen from both sides - it
depends on the use you're putting it to.  A ruffle
like Jane Seymour's sleeves, a ruff, yep.  A cuff or collar, nope.  Of
course you still want your back as tidy as possible,  since lumps and long
threads are liable to show through fine fabric.....
    On to the question - assuming double-running stitch?
This is my method; I'm sure someone else has a different one just as good.
    First, work with the longest thread you can, without it becoming frayed.
Make a waste knot, and sink the needle 2-3 inches from where you will begin
stitching.
Leave this knot on the surface while you work the rest of the thread.
    At the end of the thread, weave the end as neatly as possible under the
stitches on the back side of the work -
this will make that bit look a little thicker, but shouldn't really be
noticeable.
    Now go back to the beginning, clip off your waste knot, and weave this
end under the beginning stitches at
the back.....
    The big trick is to not have too many threads beginning/ending at the
same place, so that the ends vanish into the pattern, which takes a little
planning of
thread journeys.
    Good luck, and welcome to the wonderful obsession of
blackwork!

Liadain

> Hello all - I am a newbie here, found out about you from H-Cost.
>
> My question is about blackwork embroidery - how do you start and end the
> threads? Nothing that I have read talks about this issue. If I were doing
> "regular" embroidery I would catch the tail of the thread under stitches
in
> the back, but since you're supposed to see both sides the same, I wasn't
sure
> how to start and end the threads.
>
> Thanks for your help!
>
> **********************
> Rebecca Schmitt
> aka Mistress Agnes Cabot, wife of Master Peter Cabot, cod merchant of
Bristol
>
> So many books, so little time
>
> schmitt100 at aol.com
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