Blackwork: A New Approach by Brenda Day

By Brenda Day

Eighteen initiatives display the range and traditions, from swish Arab-inspired styles to daring sleek types. hint blackwork’s evolution with images of vintage examples, and start the fulfilling job of embroidering your personal: the recommendations are effortless, the necessary apparatus minimum. Make such excellent tasks as rose and tulip bookmarks, festive Christmas playing cards, a Celtic knot tray, and extra.

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When slip stitching in sps, work 3 sl st in each sp. Set = 1 box of block stitches plus 1 box of ch-5 sps. 75 mm) hook, ch 19. Row 1: 1 Dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in each of next 9 ch, ch 3, skip next 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, skip next 2 ch, [dc, ch 5, sl st] in last ch 1, turn. Row 2: Ch 1, [sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc] in first ch-5 sp, dc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 2 ch-3 sps, dc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, dc in next dc, ch 5, dc in top of turning ch, turn. Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), [4 dc in next ch-5 sp, dc in next dc] twice, ch 3, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, [dc, ch 5, sl st] in next dc, turn.

Foundation Row: Starting in sixth ch from hook work [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] (V stitch plus turning ch made), sk 2 chs, * [1dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next ch, sk 2 chs, rep from *, end 1 dc in last ch, turn. Row 1: ch 4, *[1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next ch-2 sp, rep from *, end 1 tr in third ch of beg ch-4. Rep Row 1 for pattern. VARIATIONS SHELLS & V STITCH Ch a multiple of 8 plus 1. Foundation Row: Starting in second ch from hook, work 1 row sc, turn. Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), sk first 3 sc, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next sc (shell made), *sk 3 sc, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next sc (V stitch made), sk 3 sc, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next sc, rep from *, end sk 3 sc, 1 dc in last sc, turn.

Rnd 1: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc, ch 3), 1 dc in ring, [ch 3, 1 dc in ring] 6 times, ch 3, join with sl st to third ch of beg ch-6 (8 ch-3 sps). Rnd 2: Ch 1, [1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc] in each ch-3 sp around, do not join. Rnd 3: [Sl st from the back around post of next dc of Rnd 1, ch 6] 8 times, do not join (8 ch-6 loops). Rnd 4: [1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] in each ch-6 loop around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off. Second motif: Rep rnds 1–3 of base motif, then join to base motif as follows: in ch-6 loop, work [1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc], sl st to center dc of any petal of base motif, continue [3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] in same loop on motif in progress, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc] in next ch-6 loop, join with sl st to center st of next petal on base motif, [3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] in same loop (petals joined).

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