Friday, November 8, 2013

Pink blackwork. Pinkwork!

Pink blackwork
Have you had a go at blackwork in an unusual colour (aka chartreusework)? I've been playing with it this week. And I've been pleasantly surprised! To be honest, I thought it looked very complicated and time consuming so I told Nicole and Julie "I probably won't have time to finish a square."

But will you look at this: I've become slightly besotted and obsessed with these repeating patterns. So much so that I've actually finished two 2" squares already and getting close to finishing the third one. There is something really pleasing about having different patterns in neighbouring squares. :-)

And it's not difficult at all, if a little time consuming, but not enough to put me off. If you can do back stitch, that's all you need to know. If you're a beginner like me, it's probably easiest to use some aida/cross stitch fabric just to get a feel for the stitching and keep things easier to count.

Starting in the centre of whatever shape you're filling, seems to be the general advice. And use one strand of six stranded floss to get the neatest result.

Check out the previous post about black chartreusework for some links to patterns and hints & tips. :-)

Pink blackwork

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  1. I've never yet done blackwork - in any colour, but it's on my list of 'techniques to explore'. I've done a glut of cross stitch and hardanger, as well as lots of non-counted things, but not blackwork. Must give it a go once I've finished with my current two projects - a Lizzie*Kate cross stitch and a peacock feather of my own design which has an appliqué 'centre' and couched fronds. So, that's what I'm stitching now...

    1. Wow, you're one busy stitcher, Elizabeth! :-)

      If you do get round to trying blackwork (in any colour!), we would love to see it.

  2. Wow! This is pretty stinkin' cool. :)

  3. I love blackwork, it's so relaxing and looks beautiful

  4. lovely! I used some autumn colours last month for this type of embroidery. Pink on black looks great too!


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