BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY KITS & PATTERNS

Blackwork is a hand embroidery technique in which simple and intricate patterns are worked on a counted fabric (i.e. linen fabric or aida cloth) using different thickness of black embroidery threads.

I have graded the difficulty of the blackwork designs below:

Beginners Blackwork:

Introductory to Blackwork Butterfly  |  Blackwork Etui Box  |  Blackwork Star

Blackwork Silhouette Series: Owl Flying  |  Owl Swooping  |  Owl Catching  |  Rabbit Running

Beginners-Intermediate Blackwork:

Flight of a Butterfly   |  Spectral Blackwork Butterfly  |  Blackwork Fuchsia

Blackwork Love Birds "Just the Two of Us"  |  Blackwork Love Birds "What You Looking at?"

 Blackwork Horse (1)  |  Blackwork Horse (2)  |  Blackwork Horse (3)

Intermediate Blackwork:

Blackwork Pheasants  |  Blackwork Peacock  |  Blackwork Kingfisher

Blackwork Chickadee  |  Blackwork Study of Cats

Advanced Blackwork:

Blackwork Elephant

The following Kits come with additional Work-in-Progress Colour Pictures (used for on-line class):

Blackwork Lovebirds  |  Blackwork Study of Cats

Blackwork Elephant

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I offer embroidery classes and commissions in all types of embroidery, please Contact me for any requests.

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Owl Flying

Owl Swooping

Owl Catching

Rabbit Running

Series of 4 Without the Outline

Series of 4 With the Outline

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    Blackwork Silhouette Series

There are four designs in the owl and rabbit blackwork silhouette series that can be purchased individually as PDF files, hard copy patterns or kits or purchased as a set at a reduced price. The set of four tell a story, the outcome is up to you.

Each design has its own blackwork pattern which is worked from a chart. There is also step-by-step numbered diagrams for the working the pattern in the instruction booklet.  

The designs can be worked on 28 count fabric in a 5 inch embroidery hoop and the embroidery mounted in the hoop afterwards and hung from the screw of the hoop. The original embroideries are worked in Caron Collection Waterlilies variegated silk thread with black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D'alger Silk thread for the outlining. Outlining of the owls or rabbit is optional. Without the outline the blackwork resembles the technique of Assisi.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                       

Each Design Measures: Height: 4 inches (10 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Caron Collection Waterlilies Silk Thread  •  Black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D'alger Silk Thread  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  A Piece of Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric

KIT COST

Blackwork Silhouette Design Individual Kits: $20.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Silhouette Designs Owls and Rabbit Kit (set of 4): $60.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Silhouette Designs Hard Copy Pattern: $12.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Silhouette Series Owls and Rabbit Hard Copy Pattern (set of 4): $40.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Silhouette Design PDF File Individual Designs: $12.00 Canadian Dollars - Will be Emailed

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Blackwork Silhouette Series Owls and Rabbit PDF File (set of 4): $40.00 Canadian Dollars - Will be Emailed

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The blackwork silhouette designs can be worked in a 5 inch hoop and mounted in the hoop once the embroidery is complete.

5 inch Bamboo Embroidery Hoop: $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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White Felt (For Backing Embroidery if Mounting in a Hoop - 1 Piece Required per Design): $0.75 Canadian Dollars

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1 Packet of John James No. 26 Tapestry Needles

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Outside of box

Inside of box

Inside of box

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Original Design by Beppy Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKWORK ETUI BOX

The Etui Box is for all levels of embroiderers. The instructions are detailed with step by step charts of the blackwork designs.

Working the embroidery: The four outside panels and the lid of the box are knot garden designs. The hedges of the knot gardens are worked in cross stitch, in-between the hedges different Blackwork patterns are embroidered.

The Blackwork designs can be worked on 16 count aida or hardanger fabric or 32 count cotton or linen fabric, the inside panels of the box can be covered in a complimentary fabric. The Blackwork embroidery is worked in DMC floss in four shades but can also be worked in traditional black. The blackwork patterns are worked from charts and there are instructions on how to construct the box.

This Blackwork project is suitable for beginner to advanced embroiderers.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

BOX SIZE

Height: 5 inches (13 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Patterns for Knot Gardens  •  Blackwork Patterns  •  Cardboard Templates to Make the Box  •  16 Count Ivory Aida Fabric or 32 Count Antique Ivory Belfast Linen Fabric  •  5 Skeins of DMC Floss  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  Instructions to Construct Box

You will need to provide your own patterned cotton fabric for the inside panels of the box and white craft tacky glue (i.e. Aleenes) to construct box.

KIT COST

Blackwork Etui Box Kit with 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric: $80.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Etui Box Kit with 16 Count Ivory Aida Fabric: $72.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Etui Box Instruction Booklet and Box Templates: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Etui Box Instruction Booklet: $20.00 Canadian Dollars

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    INTRODUCTORY TO BLACKWORK: BUTTERFLY

The butterfly is beginners piece, introducing the stitcher on how to do blackwork in the tissue paper transfer method, where the patterns are worked with-in a tacked out line of the design rather than from a set chart. The instructions are detailed with step-by-step charts for working the blackwork patterns.

There is also an option for purchasing the 3 PDF files with colour work-in-progress pictures of the butterfly that I use for the on-line class. There is no on-line class currently working but the butterfly can be easily be worked on your own.

The blackwork patterns are worked on a a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, Kreinik Mutlicoloured Cord for the flowers and Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl for outlining the wings. There is a choice of butterfly position and pattern layout, which are in the instructions - see the pictures opposite as an example and also some of my past students work on the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Classes Forum.

I will offer the butterfly as on-line class again in the future.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 14 count or 16 count aida fabric (100% Cotton). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric. 14 count is the easiest fabric to count for absolute beginners in counted embroidery.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                       

Size on 32 Count Fabric: Height: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)

Size on 28 Count Fabric: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)

Size on 16 Count Fabric: Height: 6 inches (15 cm)     Width: 6 inches (15 cm)

Size on 14 Count Fabric: Height: 7 inches (17 1/2 cm)     Width: 7 inches (17 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Tissue Paper  •  Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   Spool of Kreinik Multi Coloured Cord •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric  •  Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Red Tacking Thread  •  Brown Sewing Thread

KIT COST

Introductory to Blackwork - Butterfly Kit: $40.00 Canadian Dollars

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Introductory to Blackwork - Butterfly Kit: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Introductory to Blackwork - Butterfly Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you are new to blackwork you may want to also get the 3 PDF files below which have colour work-in-progress pictures of the butterfly, which shows you every stage of the embroidery so you can follow along when you stitch your embroidery. The PDF files are optional and not essential for working the embroidery. The PDF files will be emailed to you.

3 PDF FIles with Colour Work-in-Progress Pictures of the Butterfly: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

8 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks For 28 Count and 32 Count Fabric: $14.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Packet of John James No. 28 or No. 26 Tapestry Needles

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    FLIGHT OF A BUTTERFLY

The Butterfly is for all levels of embroiderers and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

The Flight of a Butterfly is worked in blackwork patterns on a a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread, Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl, Copper No. 1 Twist and Silver Spangles.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. I have introduced gold and copper metal threads to outline the wings, legs and feelers and spangles to highlight the wings. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                       

Size on 32 Count Fabric: Height: 6 1/2 inches (15 1/2 cm)     Width: 6 1/2 inches (15 1/2 cm)

Size on 28 Count Fabric: Height: 7 3/8 inches (18 1/2 cm)     Width: 7 3/8 inches (18 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 20 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric 14 inches Square (35 cm Square)  •  Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Copper No. 1 Twist  •  Two Sizes of Silver Spangles  •  Red Tacking Thread  •  Brown Sewing Thread

KIT COST

Flight of a Butterfly Blackwork Kit: $50.00 Canadian Dollars

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Flight of a Butterfly Butterfly Blackwork Kit: $55.00 Canadian Dollars

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Flight of a Butterfly Blackwork Chart and Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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SPECTRAL BUTTERFLY

The Butterfly is for all levels of embroiderers  and is suitable for beginners-intermediate. Instructions have been featured in the November 2006 Embroidery magazine by Inspirations.

The Spectral Butterfly is worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread, Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl, Copper No. 1 Twist and Silver Spangles.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. I have introduced gold and copper metal threads to outline the wings, legs and feelers and spangles to highlight the wings. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

The Embroidery can be worked in an alternative colour to black and be very effective.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                           

Size on 32 Count Fabric: Height: 6 1/2 inches (15 1/2 cm)     Width: 6 1/2 inches (15 1/2 cm)

Size on 28 Count Fabric: Height: 7 3/8 inches (18 1/2 cm)     Width: 7 3/8 inches (18 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 20 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric 14 inches Square (35 cm Square)  •  Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Copper No. 1 Twist  •  Two Sizes of Silver Spangles  •  Red Tacking Thread  •  Brown Sewing Thread

KIT COST

Spectral Butterfly Blackwork Kit: $50.00 Canadian Dollars

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Spectral Butterfly Blackwork Kit: $55.00 Canadian Dollars

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Spectral Butterfly Blackwork Chart and Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Close up of the Male Pheasant

Close up of the Female Pheasant

 

BLACKWORK PHEASANTS

The blackwork pheasants is an intermediate blackwork kit.

The Pheasants design is worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black No. 12 Pearl Cotton, black YLI silk thread and Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to highlight the beautiful metallic colours of a male pheasant. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                           

32 Count Fabric: Height: 8 inches (15 1/2 cm)     Width: 6 1/4 inches (20 cm)

28 Count Fabric: Height: 9 1/4 inches (18 cm)     Width: 7 1/4 inches (23 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  1 Reel of Black DMC No. 12 Perle Cotton  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 17 inches by 14 inches (42 1/2 cm by 35 cm)  •  6 Shades of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  2 Sizes of Spangles

KIT COST

Pheasants Blackwork Kit: $58.00 Canadian Dollars

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Pheasants Blackwork Kit: $63.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Pheasants Instruction Booklet and Chart: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

15 inch by 12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Close up of the Head

Close up of the Tail

   

 

BLACKWORK PEACOCK

The blackwork peacock is an intermediate blackwork kit.

The Peacock design is worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black No. 12 Pearl Cotton and Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to highlight the beautiful metallic colours of a peacock. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                           

32 Count Fabric: Height: 9 1/2 inches (23 3/4 cm)     Width: 6 3/4 inches (16 3/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric: Height: 11 inches (27 1/4 cm)     Width: 7 inches (19 1/4 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  2 Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  1 Reel of Black DMC No. 12 Perle Cotton  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 17 inches by 14 inches (42 1/2 cm by 35 cm)  •  4 Shades of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  Spangle

KIT COST

Peacock Blackwork Kit: $58.00 Canadian Dollars

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Peacock Blackwork Kit: $63.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Peacock Instruction Booklet and Chart: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

15 inch by 12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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BLACKWORK KINGFISHER

This Blackwork Kingfisher is for intermediate to advanced embroiderers.

The Kingfisher design is worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black YLI silk thread, black DMC embroidery cotton, Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid and outlines in Pearl Purl and No. 1 Twist.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to bring iridescent colour to the embroidery. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                      

32 Count Fabric: Height: 8 3/4 inches (22 cm)     Width: 7 3/4 inches (19 1/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric: Height: 10 inches (25 cm)     Width: 9 inches (22 1/4 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  2 Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 17 inches by 14 inches (42 1/2 cm by 35 cm)  •  3 Shades of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  Gold and Silver Spangles  •  Copper Pearl Purl  •  Gold, Silver and Copper No. 1 Twist

KIT COST

Kingfisher Blackwork Kit: $60.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kingfisher Blackwork Kit: $65.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Kingfisher Instruction Booklet and Chart: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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I have given you the option below to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

15 inch by 12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Chickadee worked on 50 count Fabric by Tanja Berlin

Blackwork Chickadee worked on 32 count Fabric by Melanie Usher

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CHICKADEE

The blackwork chickadee is an intermediate to advanced blackwork kit.

The blackwork Chickadee is worked in blackwork patterns on a count fabric using DMC embroidery cotton, and YLI silk thread.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design (Tissue Paper Transfer Method) with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. The embroidery is worked in the  The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                          

Height: 5 1/4 inches (13 cm)     Width: 5 3/4 inches (14 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  1 Skein of DMC Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of 32 Count Antique White Fabric 14 inches Square (35 cm Square)

KIT COST

Blackwork Chickadee Kit with 32 Antique White Count Monika Fabric: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Chickadee Kit with 32 Antique White Belfast Linen Fabric: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Chickadee Instruction Booklet Only: $20.00 Canadian Dollars

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FUCHSIA

The blackwork fuchsia is for all levels of embroiderers and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

The blackwork Fuchsia is worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread and highlights of DMC gold cord.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of two fabrics to work the blackwork design:

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                         

32 Count Fabric: Height: 9 1/2 inches (24 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm)

28 Count Fabric: Height: 10 3/4 inches (27 cm)     Width: 6 inches (15 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of YLI Silk Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  Gold DMC Machine Embroidery Thread  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 16 inches by 12 inches (40 cm by 30 cm)

KIT COST                                                            

Blackwork Fuchsia Kit with 32 Count Antique White Monika Fabric: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Fuchsia Kit with 32 Belfast Linen Fabric: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Fuchsia Chart and Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds

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BLACKWORK LOVE BIRDS

Just the Two of US

Click Here For the Blackwork Lovebirds Kit and 5 PDF Files with Colour Work-in-progress Pictures of the Lovebirds

The blackwork love birds are for all levels of embroiderers.

The love birds are worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread, red Au Ver a Soie silk thread and Kreinik Metallic #4 Braids.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern.  The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to highlight the beautiful vibrant colours of the love birds. The bodies of the birds are outlined in gold very fine pearl purl (real metal thread) and the eyes are gold spangles (real metal sequins).

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE

32 Count Fabric: Height: 5 1/4 inches (13 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)     

28 Count Fabric: Height: 6 inches (15 cm)     Width: 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet   •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread  •  Red Au Ver a Soie Silk Thread  •  3 Spools of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  Gilt Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Spangles  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 14 inches by 14 inches (35 cm by 35 cm)

Click Here For the Blackwork Lovebirds Kit and 5 PDF Files with Colour Work-in-progress Pictures of the Lovebirds

KIT COST

Blackwork Love Birds Kit with Instructions/Chart - Just the Two of Us: $55.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Kit with Instructions/Chart - Just the Two of Us: $60.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Instruction Booklet /Chart Only - Just the Two of Us: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds

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BLACKWORK LOVE BIRDS

What you Looking at?

The blackwork love birds are for all levels of embroiderers  and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

The love birds are worked in blackwork patterns on a counted fabric using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread, red Au Ver a Soie silk thread and Kreinik Metallic #4 Braids.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern.  The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to highlight the beautiful vibrant colours of the love birds. The bodies of the birds are outlined in gold very fine pearl purl (real metal thread) and the eyes are gold spangles (real metal sequins).

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • 28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

  • 28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

EMBROIDERY SIZE

32 Count Fabric: Height: 5 inches (12 1/2 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)     

28 Count Fabric: Height: 5 3/4 inches (14 1/4 cm)     Width: 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread  •  Red Au Ver a Soie Silk Thread  •  3 Spools of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  Gilt Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Spangles  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 14 inches by 14 inches (35 cm by 35 cm)

KIT COST

Blackwork Love Birds Kit with Instructions/Chart - What you Looking at?: $55.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Kit with Instructions/Chart - What you Looking at?: $60.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Instruction Booklet/Chart Only - What you Looking at?: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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BLACKWORK STAR

This fun counted technique is for all levels of embroiderers and suitable for beginners.

The blackwork star is worked from a chart and an easy to read instruction booklet which has step by step instructions and diagrams on how to work the blackwork star. The star is embellished with gold spangles and beads and Japan thread and the background is worked in random stitched gold stars.

The design can be worked on any count fabric over two threads of the fabric in black DMC embroidery cotton or feel free to go wild and work the design in coloured floss, variegated thread or metallic thread. Typically 32 or 28 count fabric is used. The original were worked on 32 count.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

EMBROIDERY SIZE

Size of Star:

32 Count Fabric:  Height: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/2 cm)     Width: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/2 cm)

28 Count Fabric:  Height: 4 1/2 inches (10 3/4 cm)     Width: 4 1/2 inches (10 3/4 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

14 Page Instruction Booklet  •  A Piece of 14 inch by 14 inch Antique White Fabric  •  One Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton •  One Spool of Gold No. 1 Japan Thread  •  One Spool of Gold 002J Kreinik #4 Braid  •  One Yard of Gold No. 7 Japan Thread  •  40 Gold #14 Spangles  •  24 Gold #12 Spangles  •  75 Gold Beads  •  One No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  One No. 20 Tapestry Needle

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Blackwork Star Kit : $27.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Star Kit : $29.00 Canadian Dollars

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Printed Copy of the Blackwork Star Instruction Booklet/Chart: $10.00 Canadian Dollars Each

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PDF File for Blackwork Star Instruction Booklet/Chart Hard Copy: $10.00 Canadian Dollars Each

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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

The kit comes with one No. 28 crewel embroidery needle. You have the option to order extra needles in different sizes below and the option to order a stretcher bar embroidery frame and tacks to work the embroidery in. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

Packet of John James Tapestry Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Horse on Antique White Fabric

Horse on Heatherfield Fabric

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BLACKWORK HORSE 1 MANGALARGA

The blackwork horse is for all levels of embroiderers and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

The blackwork horse is worked in blackwork patterns on 16 count or 32 count fabric using embroidery cotton.

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by reducing the stitches in the pattern. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • The original embroidery is worked on 16 count heatherfield fabric which is 100% poly acrylic fabric, it is mottled grey with darker grey and gold flecks. It is a lovely natural looking fabric that compliments the variegated embroidery floss that is used to work the blackwork embroidery and is easy to count.

  • The embroidery can also be worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric  with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • Or 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                          

Height: 6 3/4 inches (16 3/4 cm)     Width: 4 1/4 inches (10 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  Variegated Embroidery Cotton or Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric 12 inches by 13 inches (26 1/4 cm by 30 cm)  •  1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle

KIT COST

Blackwork Horse 1 Mangalarga Kit: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Horse 1 Mangalarga Chart and Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Horse 1 Mangalarga Chart Only: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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10 Inch by 11 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Horse on Antique White Fabric

Horse on Heatherfield Fabric

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BLACKWORK HORSE 2 HAFLINGER

The blackwork horse is for all levels of embroiderers and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

The blackwork horse is worked in blackwork patterns on 16 count or 32 count fabric using embroidery cotton

Working the embroidery: The blackwork embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork stitches.  A dimensional picture is created by reducing the stitches in the pattern. A large chart is included with the instruction booklet as a reference tool but the embroidery is worked in the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • The original embroidery is worked on 16 count heatherfield fabric which is 100% poly acrylic fabric, it is mottled grey with darker grey and gold flecks. It is a lovely natural looking fabric that compliments the variegated embroidery floss that is used to work the blackwork embroidery and is easy to count.

  • The embroidery can also be worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric  with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • Or 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                           

Height: 6 1/2 inches (16 1/4 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  Chart  •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  Variegated Embroidery Cotton or Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric 12 inches by 13 inches (26 1/4 cm by 30 cm)  •  1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle

KIT COST

Blackwork Horse 2 Haflinger Kit: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Horse 2 Haflinger Chart and Instruction Booklet Only: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Horse 2 Haflinger Chart Only: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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BLACKWORK HORSE 3 RUSSIAN TROTTER

The blackwork horse is for all levels of embroiderers and is suitable for beginners-intermediate.

At the moment I only have the Chart and embroidery supplies available for the Russian Trotter. I do not have instructions for the embroidery but it is worked with the same stitches as the Blackwork Horse 1 Mangalarga. If you need instructions for the stitches or working the embroidery in the tissue paper transfer method you could purchase the instruction booklet for the Mangalarga horse to help you work the Russian Trotter.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design:

  • The original embroidery is worked on 16 count heatherfield fabric which is 100% poly acrylic fabric, it is mottled grey with darker grey and gold flecks. It is a lovely natural looking fabric that compliments the variegated embroidery floss that is used to work the blackwork embroidery and is easy to count.

  • The embroidery can also be worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric  with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

  • Or 32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

EMBROIDERY SIZE                                            

Height: 6 1/2 inches (16 1/4 cm)     Width: 4 inches (10 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Chart  •  Variegated Embroidery Cotton or Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  A Piece of Counted Fabric 12 inches by 13 inches (26 1/4 cm by 30 cm)  •  1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle

KIT COST

Blackwork Horse 3 Russian Trotter Kit - No Instructions just Chart and Materials: $25.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Horse 3 Russian Trotter Chart Only: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Lovebirds Kit and 5 PDF File Lessons with Work-in-Progress Pictures

Just the Two of US

The blackwork lovebirds embroidery is worked within a tacked outline of the design with a variety of different blackwork patterns using black DMC embroidery cotton, black YLI silk thread, red Au Ver a Soie silk thread and Kreinik Metallic #4 Braids.  A dimensional picture is created by changing the thickness of the thread and by reducing the stitches in the pattern.  The patterns are stitched from step-by-step individual diagrams and there are detailed instructions on how to work the embroidery. I have introduced Kreinik Metallic threads to highlight the beautiful vibrant colours of the love birds. The bodies of the birds are outlined in gold very fine pearl purl (real metal thread) and the eyes are gold spangles (real metal sequins).

The kit and instructions are sent by mail and the 5 PDF files with colour work-in-progress pictures are sent by email.

This is a good kit to prepare you for taking the Blackwork Elephant design. I also suggest working the Blackwork Study of Cats prior to working the elephant.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

Fabric

There is a choice of fabrics to work the blackwork design.

I suggest working the lovebirds on 32 count Belfast linen fabric if you want to take the blackwork elephants class:

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

Embroidery Size

32 Count Fabric: Height: 5 1/4 inches (13 cm)     Width: 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 cm)     

28 Count Fabric: Height: 6 inches (15 cm)     Width: 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm)

Kit Contents

Instruction Booklet   •  Tissue Paper  •  Red Polyester Tacking Thread  •  1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •  1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread  •  Red Au Ver a Soie Silk Thread  •  3 Spools of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid  •  Gilt Very Fine Pearl Purl  •  Spangles  •  No. 28 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 26 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 24 Tapestry Needle  •  No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  A Piece of Fabric 14 inches by 14 inches (35 cm by 35 cm)

Cost

Blackwork Love Birds Kit and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $115.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Love Birds Kit and 5 PDF File Lessons: $105.00 Canadian Dollars

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Equipment Required

12 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Stainless Steel Tweezers with Precison Tips: $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Intermediate Blackwork On-line Class

Blackwork Study of Cats

The Blackwork Cats can be Worked and Framed as a Group

32 Count Fabric - All Four Cats Together: Height: 6 7/8 inches (17 1/4 cm)     Width: 6 7/8 inches (17 1/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric - All Four Cats Together: Height: 8 inches (19 1/2 cm)     Width: 8 inches (19 1/2 cm)

The Blackwork Cats can be Worked and Framed Individually

32 Count Fabric - Each Individual Cat Measures: Height: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)

28 Count Fabric - Each Individual Cat Measures: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)

If you are considering working my Blackwork Elephant I highly recommend taking the study of cats intermediate class. The study of cats will use the same blackwork patterns and shading techniques as the blackwork elephant so will give you a good foundation and practice before working the advanced blackwork elephant. It will be a prerequisite to have taken a blackwork class with me (in person or on-line) or worked and completed one of my intermediate blackwork designs in the tissue paper transfer method to work the blackwork elephant.

Class Description

The blackwork study of cats on-line class is suitable for embroiderers who have worked a previous blackwork embroidery in the tissue paper transfer method. The instructions and on-line class will be very detailed but some experience in blackwork is necessary to give you the technical ability to shade in blackwork.

Four patterns are worked on the blackwork design. Each cat will have its own blackwork pattern and the cat will be shaded with the blackwork stitches by changing the thickness of the thread and by changing the density of the the pattern.

Emphasis in the intermediate on-line class is to get away from using outlines to neaten up edges and concentrate on an artistic look to the embroidery creating depth and dimension with the blackwork patterns and shading. You do not have to have an artistic eye to work the intermediate study of cats as I will break down the embroidery into stages that will guide you through the embroidery and improve your embroidery skills.

The on-line class will have four PDF file lessons with work-in-progress photographs of the patterns on the cat and additional working tips not in the instruction book.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern section on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

The kit has an instruction book with step-by-step patterns of the blackwork patterns, diagrams on the outline stitches and instructions for working the lovebirds. The student can work the design on 32 count or 28 count fabric, the original embroidery was worked on 32 count fabric. If you are intending to work the blackwork elephant then you should work the study of cats on 32 count Belfast linen fabric.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch   •   1 Spool of Black No. 12 Perle Cotton   •   1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   1 Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   1 Bobbin of Red Tacking Thread   •   2 No. 28 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 10 crewel needle.

Explanation of Fabric Types

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. This is the fabric that the blackwork elephant is worked on, you should use this fabric if you are planning on working the blackwork elephant embroidery.

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look.

Tools Required

12 inch by 12 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks - Available for purchase with the on-line class below

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

10 Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

If you prefer you can email me to register for the class. Please email me you name, address, telephone number and how you would like to pay, or you can telephone me at 403-274-6293 and speak to Tanja Berlin.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. If you pay by credit card the amount will be charged to your credit card in Canadian Dollars, the bank will convert the amount to your countries currency. Check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate. If you select to pay by PayPal I will email you a PayPal invoice in US dollars.

Canadian and US dollars are around par so there will be no adjustment made to the cost if you pay by credit card in Canadian dollars or by PayPal in US dollars. Please note if you pay be credit card the amount may come out a little bit more in US dollars on your credit card bill depending on the exchange rate at the time of processing.


No Class Currently Running but you may purchase the kit and PDF files and work the project on your own.

Kits for Working the Cats as a Group of Four

Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with one Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $175.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with one Piece of Fabric 14 inch by 14 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $170.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kits for Working the Cats Individually

Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with Four Pieces of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $185.00 Canadian Dollars

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Blackwork Study of Cats On-line Class - Kit with Four Pieces of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch and 5 PDF FIie Lessons: $180.00 Canadian Dollars

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Equipment Required

If you are working the four cats on one piece of 14 inch by 14 inch fabric, I recommend the 12 inch stretcher bar frame and thumb tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you are working the four cats on indvidual pieces of 9 inch by 9 inch fabric , I recommend the 8 inch stretcher bar frame and thumb tacks: $14.00 Canadian Dollars

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You get one No. 26 Tapestry Needle and one No. 28 Tapestry Needle in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below. One Packet of Needles costs $3.50 Canadian dollars.

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The kit comes with one wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below. A packet of 3 wire needle threaders costs $1.00 Canadian dollar.

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors. One pair of scissors costs $10.00 Canadian dollars.

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Advanced Blackwork Elephant

Registration open for new students

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.

Embroidery Size

The embroidery is worked on 32 count Belfast linen fabric.

Height: 14 inches (35 cm)     Width: 11 1/2 inches (28 3/4 cm) 

Click here to see pictures of blackwork elephant embroideries worked by students

Class Description

The blackwork elephant is an advanced blackwork hand embroidery design. If you are interested in taking the class you need to have worked one of my other intermediate blackwork designs in the tissue transfer method and email me a picture of your work to: tanja@berlinembroidery.com so that I can check you are able to work on a counted fabric and can compensate patterns to the tacking lines. My suggestion is to work the Blackwork Study of Cats prior to the elephant as the cats have the same four patterns that are worked on the elephant so will give you a great foundation prior to working the elephant, but if you are not partial to cats you may do one of the other intermediate designs.

To give you some perspective of the difficulty of the elephant I have graded my blackwork designs below:

Beginners: Introductory to Blackwork Butterfly, Blackwork Etui Box, Blackwork Star, Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork Designs

Beginners/Intermediate: Blackwork Butterflies, Blackwork Fuchsia, Blackwork Horses, Blackwork Lovebirds

Intermediate: Blackwork Chickadee, Blackwork Peacock, Blackwork Pheasants, Blackwork Study of Cats

Advanced: Blackwork Elephant

The blackwork elephant on-line class is on-going through my website so you can join at any time and work it over the length of time you require to complete the elephant. The forum will remain open indefinitely and I will be here to answer questions and critique your embroidery (if you wish) as you are working the elephant. There is approximately 200  - 250 hours of stitching time on the elephant.

The elephant has 9 PDF file lessons with work-in-progress photographs of working the elephant.

The PDF lessons are posted on the forum, the student will be able to download the files and print off the lessons. The lessons will remain on the forum so the student can download and print off the lessons at their leisure.  I can also email the PDf files if you do not want to participate in the forum. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not. The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern section on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not.

Supplies Required

A set of instructions will be mailed to the student prior to starting which will include the essential diagrams for the elephant and tissue paper to transfer the elephant onto the fabric. I do not provide these in PDF file form.

I also provide a kit of the following supplies, if you already have some of these supplies I can take the cost off your kit.  Please use the same fabric and threads listed below for the best results.

Cost of kit of all supplies is $70.00 Canadian Dollars.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 22 inch by 27 inch 32 Count Antique White Belfast Linen Fabric  •   1 Spool of Black No. 12 Perle Cotton   •   2 Skeins of Black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D'ager Silk Thread   •   3 Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   3 Skeins of Pea-Coat Variegated Weeks Dye Works Thread    •   2 Skeins of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   2 Bobbins of Red Tacking Thread   •   Packet of 5 No. 28 Tapestry Needles   •   Packet of 6 No. 26 Tapestry Needles   •  Two No. 10 crewel needles   •   Two Wire Needle Threaders

Information on Fabric and Thread

The blackwork elephant is worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. To get the best shading results you should work the elephant on 32 count and use the same threads as the original embroidery. If you substitute with a different fabric or threads you may not get the refined, fine art quality of the elephant. The blackwork elephant design took many hours of designing to get just the right look, please reproduce the design using the same fabric and threads to get the best results, thank you.

Tools Required

Embroidery Frame: Either a 24 inch slate frame, or 24 inch scroll frame or a 20 inch by 26 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks. The 24 inch scroll frame is probably the easiest to work the embroidery in.

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Payment Details


Registration for the class is open for new students who will join the on-going blackwork elephant on-line class forum where you will download the PDF files for the blackwork elephant and work the elephant at your own pace.

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.


Blackwork Elephant On-Line Class and Kit: $520.00 Canadian Dollars

The $520.00 Canadian Dollars cost includes on-line class - 9 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures, participation on the on-line class forum and a kit of supplies (Worth $70.00) to work the elephant. Click Here to see a list of the kit contents. If you already have some of the supplies I can take off the cost of the supplies from your kit BUT it is important to use the same fabric and threads on your elephant for the best results. Substituting with a different fabric or threads will result in a differently shaded elephant.

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Equipment Required

You will require a frame to work the blackwork elephant in. I do not recommend a hoop (ring frame) as it can leave marks on the fabric and spoil your beautiful embroidery. Probably the easiest frame to work the elephant in is a 24 inch scroll frame as you can roll the embroidery on the frame and then it is not a too far a reach to stitch the center of the elephant. I also suggest lacing the fabric at the sides of the frame so that you have tension on all four sides of the frame. There are needlework stores on the internet that sell scroll frames. 

A slightly cheaper option is a 26 inches by 20 inches stretcher bar frame and brass thumb tacks at $25.00 Canadian Dollars. The fabric can't be rolled on the stretcher bar frame so you will have to work the head of the elephant upside down so that you can reach the area that you are working on. You can purchase the stretcher bar frame below.

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You get one packet No. 26 Tapestry Needles and one packet of No. 28 Tapestry Needles in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below. One Packet of Needles costs $3.50 Canadian dollars.

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The kit comes with two wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below. A packet of 3 wire needle threaders costs $1.00 Canadian dollar.

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors. One pair of scissors costs $10.00 Canadian dollars.

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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