BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES

FABRIC

32 Count Belfast Linen  |  28 Count Cashel Linen  |  28 Count Lugana  |  16 and 14 Count Aida

THREADS

Au Ver A Soie, Soie D'ager Silk Thread  |  DMC Floss  |  DMC Pearl Cotton 

DMC Machine Embroidery Thread 50 Weight  |  Fine Cotton Thread

YLI Silk Floss  |  Kreinik Metallic Braids and Cords

BLACKWORK TOOLS

Embroidery Frames  |  Embroidery Scissors  |  Magni-Clips Magnifier Glasses  |  Needles

Needle Minders  |  Tweezers

BLACKWORK BOOKS

The Art of English Blackwork  |  Why call it Blackwork?  |  RSN Essential Stitch Guides - Blackwork

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ANTIQUE WHITE 32 COUNT BELFAST LINEN FABRIC

Belfast linen fabric is ideal for counted embroidery such as Blackwork and cross-stitch. The fabric has a natural look as the threads of the fabric are not even. This makes is slightly harder to see the holes in the fabric as the holes vary in size. Experienced embroiderers love the look of linen fabric as it does not have the orderliness of even weave fabric giving the embroidery a romantic rustic look. The Belfast linen has a slightly smoother surface compared to Cashel linen.

I use the belfast linen fabric for my Blackwork Chickadee Kit, the Blackwork Fuchsia Kit, the Blackwork Etui Box Kit and the Blackwork Meets Cross-Stitch Designs

Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen fabric is 55 inches (137 cm) wide.

COST

1 Yard of 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric: $95.00 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric: $47.50 Canadian Dollars

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28 COUNT CASHEL LINEN FABRIC

Cashel Linen 28 Count: 100% Linen Fabric. The fabric has a natural look as the threads of the fabric are not even. This makes is slightly harder to see the holes in the fabric as the holes vary in size. Experienced embroiderers love the look of linen fabric as it does not have the orderliness of even weave fabric giving the embroidery a romantic rustic look. The Cashel linen has a slightly rougher surface compared to the Belfast linen.

The Cashel linen fabric can be used for the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs.

The Cashel linen fabric is 55 inches (138 cm) wide.

COLOUR

Antique White

COST

30 inches by 55 inches of Off White 28 Count Cashel Linen Fabric: $95.00 Canadian Dollars

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28 COUNT LUGANA FABRIC

Lugana: 52% cotton/48% rayon. 28 threads per inch. Formerly called Brittney.

The fabric has even weave threads so that stitches/patterns will work out more regular than on an uneven weave such as linen fabric. It has a nice smooth and firm surface so that when the embroidery is complete the viewer sees the embroidery and is not distracted by the fabric.

The Lugana fabric can be used for my Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs and my Blackwork Kits.

The Lugana fabric is 55 inches (138 cm) wide.

COST

1 Yard of Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric: $62.00 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric: $31.00 Canadian Dollars

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14 Count Antique White Aida Fabric

16 Count Antique White Aida Fabric

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AIDA FABRIC

14 and 16 Count Aida is 100% cotton even weave fabric. The threads of the fabric are easy to count as they are are all the same size making it easy to see the holes in the fabric. The fabric is durable, firm to the feel and handles un-picking well and can be washed once the embroidery is complete. Beginners typically work on 14 or 16 count fabric working the stitches over one thread of the fabric.

I use the 16 count aida fabric for my Blackwork Etui Box Kit

14 and 16 count Aida fabric can be used for the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs.

The 14 Count Aida Fabric is 43 inches (108 cm) Wide Sorry currently out of stock

The 16 Count Aida Fabric is 51 inches (128 cm) Wide

COLOUR

Antique White and Ivory

COST

1 Piece of Antique White14 Count Aida Cotton Fabric 20 inch by 21 inch (50 cm by 52 1/2 cm): $12.95 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Aida Cotton Fabric: $46.00 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Aida Cotton Fabric: $23.00 Canadian Dollars

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Black, Red, Yellow, Grey & Brown

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Au Ver A Soie, Soie D'ager Silk Thread

Red, Yellow (Gold), Grey (Silver) and Brown (Copper).

Au ver A Soie is the Manufacturer of fine silk thread and yarns in France since 1820.

Soie d'Alger is a seven fly stranded silk, each strand is twisted. The silk comes in a 5 meter pull skein which means you can pull the thread out without  removing the label.

I offer Black, Red, Yellow (Gold), Grey (Silver) and Brown (Copper) which can be used for couching down gold and silver metal threads and for silk shading when doing goldwork embroideries.

Skein of Au Ver A Soie d Alger Silk Thread: $5.50 Canadian Dollars

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BLACK DMC FLOSS

This 6 strand cotton floss comes in a 8 meter skein.

Skein of Black DMC Floss: $0.85 Canadian Dollars

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DMC BLACK NO. 12 COTTON PERLE

Size 12 DMC Cotton Perle - 10 gram ball of Black color #310.

Black (310) No. 12 Cotton Perle: $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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DMC MACHINE EMBROIDERY THREAD 50 WEIGHT

A fine 100% cotton machine embroidery thread, half the thickness of a single strand of DMC floss. Great for adding softness and dimension to a blackwork embroidery or for other fine counted needlework.

Approximately 500 meters (547 yards) per spool.

DMC Black Machine Embroidery Thread 50 Weight (500 Meters): $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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Black Fine Cotton Thread

A very fine 100% cotton thread, half the thickness of a single strand of DMC floss. Great for adding softness and dimension to a blackwork embroidery or for other fine counted needlework.

Approximately 40 meters (4.3 yards) per spool.

Spool of Black Fine Cotton Thread (40 Meters): $0.95 Canadian Dollars

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Skein of YLI Black Silk Floss

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YLI Silk Floss

This 6-strand pure black silk floss is packaged in 5-meter skeins.

The silk is wonderful in blackwork, heirloom embroidery, smocking, shadow work embroidery, samplers and cross-stitch.

A single strand of the YLI silk thread is slightly finer than a single strand of the DMC floss, and is twisted.

Skein of Black YLI Silk Floss: $2.95 Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik Silver #4 Braid 002

Kreinik Gold #4 Braid 002J

Kreinik Silver #4 Braid 001

Kreinik Black #4 Braid 005

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Kreinik #4 Braids

Holographic #4 Braids Added 1st August 2010

Kreinik #4 Braid is a rounded thread that is used alone and offers texture and dimension to embroidery techniques.

The #4 Braids are suitable for embroidery stitches as used in the Modern Jacobean designs and for working on counted embroidery such as Blackwork (used on the blackwork peacock, blackwork kingfisher and the blackwork pheasants designs) and canvas work.

REEL SIZE                                            

11 Meters (12 Yards)

COLOURS (METALLIC) AND COSTS

Reel of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid : $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik Holographic Chromo Gold

#4 Braid  002L

Kreinik Holographic Solar Silver

#4 Braid  001L

Kreinik Holographic Coptic Copper

#4 Braid  021L

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Kreinik Silver Cord 001c

Kreinik Carnival Cord 209c

 

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Kreinik Cords

A single ply, tightly wrapped metallic thread which can be used to work blackwork patterns and adds a highlight/sparkle to the embroidery. When used to backstitch, the cord gives a clean outline that lifts the element of the fabric and creates dimension. It is about the same thickness as a single strand of the YLI silk thread and a single strand of the Fine Black Cotton thread.

REEL SIZE                                            

50 Meters (54 Yards)

COLOURS AND COSTS

Kreinik Cord 50 meters (54 yards) - Used to couch down the Japan Threads: $3.25 Canadian Dollars

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Imitation Gold Japan Thread No. 1

Imitation Silver Japan Thread No. 1

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Japan Thread No. 1

A single ply, tightly wrapped metallic thread which can be used to work blackwork patterns and adds a highlight/sparkle to the embroidery. When used to backstitch, the cord gives a clean outline that lifts the element of the fabric and creates dimension. It is about the same thickness as a single strand of the YLI silk thread and a single strand of the Fine Black Cotton thread.

REEL SIZE                                            

40 Meters (44 Yards)

COLOURS AND COSTS

Reel of No. 1 Imitation Japan Thread 40 meters (44 yards): $3.25 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork/Snipping Scissors with Straight Fine Precision Blades

Teal Embroidery Scissors with Slightly Larger Thumb/Finger Holes and Wider Blades.

Curved Blade Scissors for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work

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SEW MATE SCISSORS

The blue, purple and pink straight blade scissors have very sharp points perfect for snipping. Excellent for blackwork and other techniques that require precision cutting.

The teal scissors have slightly larger thumb/finger holes and wider blades and also very sharp.

The curved blade scissors are very good for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work, the scissors have a curved tilt great for cutting away fabric against stitching.

The scissors come with a plastic clip on sheaf to protect the 1 inch blades. These are great value, handy and sharp little scissors.

SCISSOR SIZE

Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)   Width at handles: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

Width of finger/thumb holes: 5/8 inches (1 1/2 cm)

SCISSOR COST

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Magni-clips are magnifiers that clip onto the bridge of your glasses, they can be flipped up when not in use and put down over your glasses for close up work. The magni-clips are light weight and rimless so as not to distract from your stitching.

Choice of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, +3.50 and +4.00 magnification.

Excellent for all types of hand embroidery such as needle painting, modern Jacobean, shadow work, white work and for counted thread embroidery such as blackwork, cross-stitch and sampler work etc.

Magni-Clip Cost

Magni-Clips Magnifiers: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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TAPESTRY NEEDLES BY JOHN JAMES

Tapestry needles have a blunt end to the point of the needle so that the needle does not catch or pierce the threads of the counted fabric when working from one hole to the next. The tapestry needle has a long eye for easier threading and the needles range in size from small size 28 to large size 20.

Size 28, Packet of 5: Used on 32 count fabric to 50 count fabrics and for single strand of floss and YLI silk thread.

Size 26, Packet of 6: Used on 18 count fabric to 32 count fabrics with a single or double strand of floss and YLI silk thread.

Tapestry Needle Size 24 by John James, Packet of 6: Used on 18 count fabric to 32 count fabrics with a double strand of floss, YLI silk thread or a single strand of No. 12 Perle Cotton or a single strand of Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid.

Packet of Tapestry Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Needle Minders - Needlework Magnets

Curious Cat

Cranes on Navy

Miller's Dragonflies

Hummingbird

Turtle Abalone Needle Minder

NEEDLE MINDERS

Needlework Magnets

Beautiful and unique needlework magnets hold your extra needles while stitching your embroidery or cross-stitch. The raised areas of the minders (accept the mini turtle abalone needle minder) are carved out of resin and have remarkable detail.

HOW TO USE THE MINDER

As many of us know it is easier to have 2 or 3 needles on the go at one time when working on an embroidery or cross-stitch so that you can carry the thread from one location on the embroidery to another. When you are not using one of the threads it is easier to leave the thread hanging off the embroidery to one side rather than finishing the thread and having to begin it again later on.

Sometimes when one has several needles on the go the threads become tangled. The best way to prevent this is to place a needle minder on the front of the fabric at the side of the frame, and place the separate magnet on the back of the fabric directly below the needle minder on the front. The minder is held in place by the magnet on the back.  The needle and threads that are not in use can then be brought up to the front of the work and placed on top of the magnetic needle minder to keep the thread out of the way (see picture of needle minder in use on the squirrel embroidery below).

When you turn the frame over to finish a thread off you do not have needles and threads dangling off the embroidery as the needles are held on the minder.

Embroidery Stretcher Bar Frames

NEEDLE MINDER SIZE

Resin Needle Minders: 1 3/4 inches (4 1/2 cm) by 1 1/4 inches (3 1/4 cm)

Mini Turtle Abalone Needle Minder: 3/4 inch (2 cm) by 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)

COST

Needle Minder: $14.45 Canadian Dollars

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Stainless Steel Tweezers

Stainless Steel Tweezers

Thornbird Tweezers

Thornbird Tweezers

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TWEEZERS

Non Magnetic

I have two types of tweezers of fine tipped tweezers.

These very fine tip tweezers are excellent tools for a wide range of embroidery purposes. They make great unpicking tools to grab those tiny threads your finger nails just can't keep a hold of.

The tweezers are are also an excellent tool to use for Goldwork, to hold the chips of gold (gold beads) when deciding where to place it on the embroidery and to check that the bead is the correct length. The tweezers are also useful to turn Japan Gold and other metal threads. This is a tool that I always carry in my needlework case.

The stainless steel tweezers have straight tips and the thornbird tweezers have bent tips and comfortable pads for your finger and thumbs.

TWEEZER SIZE

Fine Tipped Stainless Steel: Length: 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)   Width: 1/2 inch (1 1/4 cm)

Thorn Bird Bent Tipped Stainless Steel: Length: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm)   Width: 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)


Fine Tipped Stainless Steel Tweezers: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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Thorn Bird Bent Tipped Tweezers: $14.95 Canadian Dollars

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THE ART OF ENGLISH BLACKWORK

Soft back book ring bound, 187 pages, written and published by Jane D. Zimmerman.

The Art of English Blackwork is a great reference book, it is packed with graphed Blackwork patterns that can be incorporated into a design for Blackwork.

This is book is designed for those who wish to create their own Blackwork embroideries. There are no set designs to work from the book, that is left up to your imagination.

When creating your designs for Blackwork, the designs should have large open areas to establish a repeat Blackwork pattern i.e. flowers with large petals and leaves.

Jane explains how to transfer the design onto the fabric then all you have to do is choose one of the many Blackwork patterns featured in the book.

This book makes a good accompaniment for my Blackwork kits. If you are concerned about making your own Blackwork designs, try one of my kits first to learn the process.

BOOK COST

(MBAEB) The Art of English Blackwork Book: $62.95 Canadian Dollars

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WHY CALL IT BLACKWORK?

Soft back book, 36 pages, written by Marion Scoular and published by Indelible Inc.

This is my favourite Blackwork book for choosing designs for my Blackwork projects.

Marion gives excellent tips and instructions for design inspiration, choice of patterns, shading, how to transfer a design and 14 pages of Blackwork patterns with about 18 designs on one page. It is a very valuable book if you are inspired to create your own designs.

This book makes a good accompaniment for my Blackwork kits. If you are concerned about making your own Blackwork designs, try one of my kits first to learn the process.

BOOK COST

Why Call it Blackwork? Book: $25.95 Canadian Dollars

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ROYAL SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK ESSENTIAL STITCH GUIDES: BLACKWORK

Hard back, ring bound book, 96 pages, written by Becky Hogg and published by Search Press.

Becky Hogg, graduate of the Royal School of Needlework shows how to develop many different patterns from basic blackwork stitches, using detailed instructions and beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries.

The book covers framing up, design, transferring the design, back stitch and double running stitch, outline stitches. There are examples of blackwork patterns in chart form and photos of the worked pattern. Shading using different thickness of the thread and changing the pattern.

This is a great stitch guide book.

COST

RSN Essential Stitch Guides Book - Blackwork: $24.95 Canadian Dollars

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