Friday, 6 March 2009

M2-Chapter 2 - B Tonal effects using the technique of Blackwork

Using Pattern Development
Thread used: DMC Mouliné spécial 25
I found it easier to start with most complex version of the pattern, reducing the number of stitches gradually

Using Spacing of the Stitches
At the end of this sample I overlapped the crosses slightly to achieve the darkest tone

Using Thickness of Thread
I started this sample by stitching with one single thread of the DMC Mouliné and then, gradually, added one more thread until I stitched with 4 threads. The last series of stitches was done with DMC 4 coton retors mat pour tapisserie.

General Remark: In the last two samples overlapping the stitches or using thicker thread makes the original pattern hardly recognizeable.

M2-Chapter 2 - B Tonal effects using the technique of Blackwork

This is the same "basis" pattern than in the post before. It shows how additional stitches can make it appear darker.

M2-Chapter 2 - B Tonal effects using the technique of Blackwork


Schwarzstickerei, Christine Stettner-Ulrike Clasen, Augustus Verlag
Blackwork, Lesley Barnett, Search Press

Continued. Sorry it didn't fit on one page.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

M2-Chapter 2 - Tonal columns

Threads used: thickest thread in white from Texere
thickest thread in black : DMC4 coton retors mat pour tapisserie
all other threads in black and white from DMC: coton perlé 8 and mouliné spécial 25
I started this column with the thickest white thread and then continued with coton perlé 8, overlaying the cross stitches and varying their size to cover the "holes" of the canvas underneath.
I gradually introduced black threads using only 2 strands of the mouliné, overlaid them with white mouliné so that only the black shone through.
In the last third I used black thread as ground layer and placed white crosses on top.
Like in the abstract painting class I'm taking and where I overlay different colours to create a certain effect, this column is stitched in several layers (it took me quite a long time to finish it), in this case the medium being the thread. It would be interesting to see how it would look like using 2 different colours.
Stitching this sample also taught me how to accomplish a smooth transition from one colour into another in embroidery.