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Blackwork Lovebirds – Just the Two of Us

Blackwork Lovebirds – Just the Two of Us

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The Blackwork Lovebirds – “Just the Two of Us” design is a Level 2: Intermediate of my Further Education kits in which you have the option of purchasing the 5 PDF files with colour work-in-progress pictures of the entire stitching process on my lovebirds that I provide when I run my on-line classes.

The lovebirds is a counted form of hand embroidery in which interesting blackwork patterns are worked on the birds in black and coloured silk and metallic threads and then areas are outlined with pearl purl and stem stitch.

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The Blackwork Lovebirds – “Just the Two of Us” design is a Level 2: Intermediate of my Further Education kits in which you have the option of purchasing the 5 PDF files with colour work-in-progress pictures of the entire stitching process on my lovebirds that I provide when I run my on-line classes.

The lovebirds is a counted form of hand embroidery in which interesting blackwork patterns are worked on the birds in black and coloured silk and metallic threads and then areas are outlined with pearl purl and stem stitch.

The design is worked from a hard copy instruction booklet which has 26 pages of step by step numbered charts and the option of getting the five PDF files with work-in-progress photos of the lovebirds. Each PDF file is at least 20 pages long with over 30 pictures and instructions in each PDF file.

The first thing you will do is 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 lovebirds embroidery will come out slightly different making the lovebirds unique to you and you will have a piece of stitched art that you you will be proud of.

I provide a detailed instruction booklet in the kit with lots of step-by-step diagrams and instructions on how to work the tacking, each blackwork pattern and the outlines on the lovebirds. The PDF files combined with the instructions will give you a well rounded learning in the technique but the PDF files are not essential to work the lovebirds.

The lovebirds are intermediate of my blackwork designs not intended to be worked on 14 or 16 count Aida, so you should be able to count on 28 count or 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. The more threads there are per inch the harder it will be to see the holes in the fabric.

  • 28 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.
  • 28 Count Cashel Linen: 100% Linen. The fabric has uneven weave threads (threads are different thicknesses) giving a natural look.
  • 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:

  • 28 Count Fabric: 6 inches (15 cm) high by 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm) wide
  • 32 Count Fabric: 5 1/4 inches (13 cm) high by 4 3/4 inches (11 3/4 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 Au Ver a Soie, Soie D’alger Silk Thread
  • Three Spools of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braids
  • Red Polyester Sewing Thread
  • Brown Polyester Sewing Thread
  • Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl
  • Gold Spangles
  • One Size 24 Tapestry Needle
  • 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
  • Sharp Scissors for Cutting Pearl Purl
  • Packet of Size 24 or Size 26 or Size 28 Tapestry Needles
  • Pencil
  • Tweezers for Removing Tissue Paper
  • Dressmaker Pins
Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 37 x 27 x 0.18 cm
Blackwork Lovebirds - Just the Two of US

Kit with Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric and 5 PDF Files ($125.00), Kit with Antique White 28 Count Cashel Linen Fabric and 5 PDF Files ($130.00), Kit with Antique White 32 Count Lugana Fabric and 5 PDF Files ($125.00), Kit with Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric and 5 PDF Files ($130.00), Kit with Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric ($55.00), Kit with Antique White 28 Count Cashel Linen Fabric ($60.00), Kit with Antique White 32 Count Lugana Fabric ($55.00), Kit with Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric ($60.00), Instruction Booklet for 28 Count Fabric – Hard Copy ($25.00), Instruction Booklet for 32 Count Fabric – Hard Copy ($25.00)

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