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Blackwork: A New Approach, Our July Book of the Month

Our July Book of the Month

Yes, I know it was first printed in 2000.  Problem is, new blackwork or mono designs are very scarce.  We have had to up our game recently, we have looked around for more books on Blackwork and there is so little available.  It has proven popular with our customers who have endorsed our re-discovery of this book.  Why is this book regaining a following?

Brenda Day provides a comprehensive step-by-step introduction to a needle craft with Moorish origins, dating prior to the thirteenth century, re-invigorated in England by Katherine of Aragon.  Day’s instructions on traditional techniques give the novice and experienced stitcher alike a solid grounding, then moves to projects with contemporary subjects and design.  The subtle increase in density of stitches gives the contemporary stitcher the tools needed for application of shading and light.  This opens a whole new world in blackwork subjects, no longer limited to samplers, or patterns within a single design, landscapes and less obvious subject choices are now possible.

This is best shown the with the sheep grouping on page 97, the result illustrated on the back cover.  With a gentle push and demonstration of use of backstitch, couching, new colours and embellishment accessories, she sets the stitcher off on their own voyage of creativity in this traditional craft.  Brenda Day has breathed new life into an old style of needlework and given it street cred for the new millenium.  Blackwork: A New Approach is a must have addition to the creative/leisure stitchers library, available online and instore now for $34.99.

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