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Blackwork Chickadee

Blackwork Chickadee

$25.00$45.00 CAD

The Blackwork Chickadee design is an advanced design in my blackwork art embroidery kits.

The Chickadee is a counted form of hand embroidery in which interesting blackwork patterns are worked on the bird. Dimension is achieved by changing the thickness of the embroidery thread and the density of the pattern, creating a realistic design.

In the kit I provide a detailed instruction booklet with 24 pages of step-by-step diagrams and instructions on how to work the tacking and the blackwork patterns on the chickadee.

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The Blackwork Chickadee design is an advanced design in my blackwork art embroidery kits. The Chickadee is a counted form of hand embroidery in which interesting blackwork patterns are worked on the bird. Dimension is achieved by changing the thickness of the embroidery thread and the density of the pattern, creating a realistic design.

Once you receive the kit you will transfer the outline of the design onto the counted fabric in the tissue paper transfer method by tracing the outline onto a piece of tissue paper, pinning the tissue paper to the fabric and then working a basting stitch (tacked line) along all the design lines. The tissue paper is ripped away leaving tacked design lines on the fabric and then you work the blackwork patterns with-in the tacked design lines. The tacking is removed once the embroidery is complete.

This is a much more fun and easier method than working the pattern directly from a set chart as there is more versatility where each pattern can be worked so is less complicated to work. Each blackwork chickadee embroidery will come out slightly different making the chickadee unique to you and you will have a piece of stitched art that you you will be proud of.

In the kit I provide a detailed instruction booklet with 24 pages of step-by-step diagrams and instructions on how to work the tacking and the blackwork patterns on the chickadee.

If you want a more in-depth learning of the blackwork technique you may be interested in the Blackwork Lovebirds “Just the Two of Us” design which has 5 PDF files with work-in-progress pictures of how I stitched the embroidery to guide you through the embroidery.

The chickadee is not intended to be worked on 14 or 16 count Aida, so you should be able to count on 32 count fabric. A stitching light and magnification are an asset to work the embroidery. If you are not sure if the technique is for you, you could try the Introductory to Blackwork -Small Blackwork Butterfly first which is quicker and easier to work.

I am offering free on-going critique with this kit…..you can email me at any time if you have questions or would like me to critique your embroidery.


Description of Fabric Types:

The count of a fabric is the amount of threads there are per inch of the fabric.

  • 32 Count Lugana: 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.
  • 32 Count Belfast Linen: 100% Linen. The fabric has uneven weave threads (threads are different thicknesses) giving a natural look.

Embroidery Size:

  • 32 Count Fabric: 7 3/4 inches (19 1/2 cm) high by 9 inches (22 1/2 cm) wide

Kit Contents:

  • Instruction Booklet
  • Tissue Paper
  • A Piece of Counted Fabric 14 inches (35 cm) Square
  • One Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton
  • One Skein of Black YLI Silk Thread
  • Red Polyester Sewing Thread
  • One Size 26 Tapestry Needle
  • One Size 28 Tapestry Needle
  • One Size 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle

Recommended Supplies:

  • 12 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Packet of Size 26 or Size 28 Tapestry Needles
  • Pencil
  • Tweezers for Removing Tissue Paper
  • Dressmaker Pins
Weight0.18 kg
Dimensions37 x 27 x 0.18 cm
Blackwork Chickadee

Kit with Antique White 32 Count Lugana Fabric ($40.00), Kit with Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric ($45.00), Instruction Booklet for 32 Count Fabric – Hard Copy ($25.00)

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