Teacher: Carol Algie Higginbotham
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
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