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Subtitled: Techniques, Patterns & Samplers.
Traditionally, Blackwork is black thread or yarn needlepoint, embroidery or cross-stitch on either a white or colored canvas, cloth or silk.
Blackwork Made Easy features mostly cross-stitch designs which are graphed and easily adaptable to needlepoint canvas or needlepoint on fabric.
These designs include some in 3 colors or in multicolors, which is a departure from traditional Blackwork but the results are extraordinary.
Quoting from the back cover: "Lesley Wilkins shows how to create traditional blackwork embroideries using simple stitches on evenweave fabric. Step-by-step photographs and a wealth of charts illustrate how traditional motifs, patterns and borders can be combined to create stunning designs."
The book includes samplers inspired by embroiderers who used thier favorite designs including figures, flowers, plants, birds & anmials.
Paraphrasing from the back cover: "This book contains all you need to create beautiful embroideries inspired by history."
Looking through this book I am impressed by the sheer number of designs, motifs and charts. It would be very easy to create your own collection of designs for a finished peice or a sampler or you could use one of Lesley Wilkin's very fine designs.
There is some detailed instruction in the beginning of the book but overall I would not recommend this book to beginners. A moderate amount of experience and the ability to read charts is necessary to use Blackwork Made Easy.
The book includes several alphabets.
This is a glossy cover paperbound book first published in the UK in 2012 by Search Press. Re-printed in 2013. The book has 96 pages.