Friday, April 29, 2011

More blackwork trials and a dilemma

I have this beautiful linen lawn that has been sitting in my stash for years waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  I want to use it for my camacia and partlet. 

Fast forward to my blackwork trials...it is an enormous pain in the arse to embroider this fabric!  I have always done counted blackwork, which is working fine on the linen for the men, but the thread count on the lawn seems to be a billion.  I could trace the pattern on, but that's never really worked for me.  I think I'm going to just get a good start on the blackwork for the shirts, then come back to this.  I think I'll end up going with a simple pattern like the third from the left here with the bead accent.  


3 comments:

Hastings said... Best Blogger Tips

Casper had really good success with basting waste canvas onto the neckline of the shift she just did for HRM. I hate counted work, so I'd be for tracing it.

Fiametta da Trastevere said... Best Blogger Tips

I've used waste canvas before for super fine weave. It works well and even adds enough stability that you don't have to use a hoop if you don't want..
Its easier then counting the little little threads..

Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh hey, you're on blogger too! Yay, more friends to follow!

Your blackwork is really lovely! I don't know anything about embroidery (yet) so to me it looks awesome.

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