Not just bonkers – but certifiably nuts. Not only do I have all these projects I’ve posted every day, not to mention all of my WIPs that haven’t been transferred to the new blog (that’s nearly 12 months old now) but I’ve now put my hand up for a second stitch a long!
This one is a free Blackwork SAL, run by Berlin Embroidery Designs.
I’ve not stitched a design by Tanja Berlin before, but the instructions given in part one of this Stitch-a-long are fantastic! I cannot praise highly enough her step-by-step guide in how to stitch each of these little critters. If you were ever interested in blackwork but didn’t try it because you were always worried that your backs were not going to look as good as your fronts – or simply didn’t know how to do it – this is the project for you!
The Stitch a long details details are here. And when you finish this three-month SAL you might feel emboldened enough to try some of Tanja’s other blackwork projects. I know I have some of these on my Lustlist.
Now off to decide what fabric and floss to use. Traditionally there three main styles, Blackwork (black on white) Redwork (Red on white) and Whitework (White on white) but even in medieval times there are examples of other colours being used. No I’m not providing references today – go and look at some artwork 🙂
The wonderful thing about modern blackwork is that you can use any colour floss you like on any colour fabric you like – even hand dyed and multicoloureds …. so I’m off to fondle floss for a while …
Maybe a Spring hand-dyed on grass green …. but we don’t know what the rest of the project will be … hmmm ….
Join in the fun here and tell me in the comments if you do 🙂