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Blackwork Elephant

Blackwork Elephant

$402.84 USD

The Blackwork Elephant design is a Level 4: Expert of my Further Education designs. You will require experience in the tissue paper transfer method of working a blackwork design and experience in shading blackwork patterns by changing the density of the pattern and the thickness of the thread.

The elephant is worked from a hard copy instruction booklet which has 24 pages of step by step numbered charts accompanied by nine PDF files with work-in-progress photos of the elephant.

You can email me any time if you have questions about the embroidery or would like me to critique the work-in-progress pictures of your work or just to reassure you that you are doing okay and support you through your stitching journey.

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The Blackwork Elephant design is a Level 4: Expert of my Further Education designs.

You will require experience in the tissue paper transfer method of working a blackwork design and experience in shading blackwork patterns by changing the density of the pattern and the thickness of the thread.

The elephant is worked from a hard copy instruction booklet which has 24 pages of step by step numbered charts accompanied by nine PDF files with work-in-progress photos of the elephant.

The first thing you will do is transfer the outline of the design onto the 32 count Belfast linen fabric 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. There are 14 – 20 hours work in transferring the design. 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.

I provide a detailed instruction booklet in the kit with lots of step-by-step charts for the patterns and the PDF files show each step of the embroidery as I stitched it. It took me 200 hours to stitch the elephant and my students who have completed the elephant took approximately a year. I will be here to help you as you stitch your elephant for however long it takes. The people who benefit the most when stitching the elephant, email me pictures as they are working it so that I can check that the shading looks good. If something needs to be changed I draw onto the picture where to add stitches or where to take them out which is especially important on the eyes and around the trunks. There are no outlines on the elephant so accurate pattern shading to the tacking lines is required.

The elephant is worked 32 count Belfast linen fabric so that a similar shading result to the original embroidery is achieved . A stitching light and magnification are an asset to work the embroidery. I recommend working 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. If you are not partial to cats you could do one of the other intermediate designs.

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.


Embroidery Size:

  • 32 Count Fabric: 14 inches (35 cm) high by 11 1/2 inches (28 3/4 cm) wide

Kit Contents:

  • Instruction Booklet
  • Tissue Paper
  • A Piece of 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric 22 inches (55 cm) by 27 inches (67 1/2 cm)
  • One Spool of Black DMC Perle Cotton
  • Two Skeins of Black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D’ager Silk Thread
  • Three Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton
  • Three Skeins of Pea-Coat Variegated Weeks Dye Works Thread
  • Two Skeins of Black YLI Silk Thread
  • Red Polyester Sewing Thread
  • Packet of Size 26 Tapestry Needle (5 Needles)
  • Packet of Size 28 Tapestry Needle (6 Needles)
  • Two Size 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle

Recommended Supplies:

  • 24 inch Scroll Frame
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Packet of Size 26 or Size 28 Tapestry Needles
  • Bohin Transfer Pencil
  • Tweezers for Removing Tissue Paper
  • Dressmaker Pins
Weight0.26 kg
Dimensions37 x 27 x 2.1 cm
Blackwork Elephant

Kit with 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric and 9 PDF Files ($520.00)

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