Care to try your hand at blackwork? Well, we have a wonderful guest post today with a free pattern, courtesy of the wonderful folks at The Making Spot. Read on to learn more about blackwork! :)
Hey there! My name's Zoe and I'm visiting Feeling Stitchy today with a little guest post. I edit a craftilicious website called The Making Spot - filled with all sorts of patterns and tutorials for stitching and knitting. Today I'm sharing a free blackwork squares pattern, especially for Feeling Stitchy.
One of the reasons I love blackwork is the simplicity of the patterns, and the way it never dates. This section is a taster of a larger Blackwork sampler - part of our vintage patterns series. I thought it would be fun to bring this small section to try as a freebie. The other great thing about blackwork is it's inexpensive - all you need to get started is some fabric, a tapestry needle and black thread. We've used 16 count aida, as the holes make it easy to mark out your stitches, but blackwork looks especially lovely stitched on linen too.
You can download the free blackwork squares pattern here.
All of the stitches are made using simple backstitch - if you've never tried it before, check out our Easy Guide to Backstitch. Stitch just the one part or a few. The beauty of blackwork is, it doesn't matter if you've never picked up a needle or thread before!