Roses uses a favorite flower to teach one method of working blackwork. Using a floral motif is in keeping with historic pieces done in one period when blackwork was a dominant technique. Students will be introduced to the history of blackwork, materials, design transfer and a method of working blackwork patterns. They will discover the difference between dark, medium and light density blackwork patterns.
The original is worked in black and a gray to give some contrast and interest to the piece. The use of gold for the enhancement of the piece echoes the historic use of gold. While the original is in black, gray and gold, students may work in any color they prefer. Students will make their Roses bloom and be ready to work any design that may be found in blackwork.
Project: Framed picture
Size: 8.5″ x 12″ design area
Fabric: 28- or 30-count white or cream linen
Threads: Stranded cotton, #4 Very fine braid
Colors: As shown in photograph or student’s choice
Proficiency Level: Intermediate (student will practice lots of compensation)
Time: Six months
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $34 per student; 40 pages, includes color pictures and detailed instructions
Supplies (approximate): $38
About teacher Carol Algie Higginbotham
A member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America since 1971, Carol is an Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. certified teacher in Blackwork and a Japanese Embroidery Center approved teacher of Traditional Japanese Embroidery. A past president of our Southern California Chapter, she has served on the Counted Thread Master Craftsman committee for EGA, the EGA Biennial committee, the Teacher Certification committee for EGA, Dean of Faculty for EGA National Seminar ’89 and was national EGA librarian. She has taught locally and at regional and national seminars for EGA, National Standards Council of American Embroiderers’, American Needlepoint Guild, and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her other stitching interests include: crewel, whitework (especially Dresden and Ayrshire), metal thread and Japanese embroidery.
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