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Below is the Work in Progess pictures of cats worked in the method of Blackwork.

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Sketch of Cats

Cat #1

Cat #1 and #2

Cat #1, #2 and #3

Cat #1, #2, #3 and #4

Cat #1, #2, #3 and #4

Blackwork Elephant Embroidery

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BLACKWORK STUDY OF CATS

The study of cats is an intermediate blackwork embroidery concentrating on creating dimension by changing the thickness of the embroidery thread and changing the blackwork pattern by adding or reducing the stitches in the pattern. You will note that there are no outlines used on the embroidery so the embroidery looks natural rather than stylized. The cats utilizes the same blackwork patterns used on the blackwork elephant and is an intermediate design preparing the embroiderer to work the blackwork elephant.

I am running an on-line class for the blackwork cats in from the beginning of October to the end of December 2015. Registration for the class begins in August 2015.

WORK IN PROGRESS

The design is transferred onto the 32 count Belfast linen fabric by tracing the design onto tissue paper, pinning the tissue paper to the fabric and then tacking over the design lines in red thread attaching the tissue paper to the fabric. The tissue paper is ripped away leaving the tacked outline on the fabric. The blackwork patterns are then worked within the tacking shapes.

The first cat is worked in the smallest and simplest pattern which used on the lower trunk of the elephant. The background is worked first then the cat.

Background of Cat #1

Cat #1

The second cat is worked in the pattern used on the upper trunk of the elephant. The background is worked first and then the cat.

Background of Cat #1

Background of Cat #1

The third cat is worked in the pattern used on the forehead and ears of the elephant. The background is worked first and then the cat.

Background of Cat #3

Background of Cat #3

The fourth cat is worked in the pattern used on the body and legs of the elephant. The background is worked first and then the cat.

Background of Cat #3

Background of Cat #3

A border is worked in-between the cats using two different thicknesses of thread to create a variegated look..

EACH CAT EMBROIDERY SIZE

Height: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 3/4 cm)

PREPARATION TIME

Tracing the design onto tissue paper and then transferring the design onto the fabric by tacking over the design lines of the tissue paper with red tacking thread: 8 hours

EMBROIDERY TIME

60 Hours for four cat embroideries and the border.

BACKGROUND FABRIC USED

32 count antique white Belfast linen fabric

THREADS USED

Four threads range from thickest to finest: Black DMC Perle Cotton No. 12, Dark Blue Au Ver Au Soie Silk thread, Black DMC embroidery cotton, Black YLI silk thread.

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