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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219323
  • Carton Qty: 32
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 136
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: RSN Essential Stitch Guides
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RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork


Large format edition by Becky Hogg

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Book Description

A new, larger format edition of the Royal School of Needlework's essential guide to blackwork.

The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways.

This series of Essential Stitch Guides provides expert tuition on a variety of techniques. In this guide to blackwork, Graduate Apprentice and tutor, Becky Hogg, shows how to develop many different patterns from the basic blackwork stitches, using detailed instructions and beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries. There is a fascinating look at the history of blackwork, a guide to the materials needed, and then a detailed look at the stitches used. These are then developed into a huge variety of beautiful patterns, and finally there is a guide to varying the look of these patterns through the use of different shading techniques. There are inspiring embroideries throughout the book, both historical pieces and contemporary works by the author and other RSN apprentices.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6, Introduction 8, The history of blackwork 10, Materials 12, Framing up 20, Design 22

Back stitch and double running stitch 28, Chain stitch 30, Sketched satin stitch 32, Stem stitch 34


Changing the thread thickness 82

Breaking up the pattern 84, Combining the techniques 86, Moving on 92, Index 96

About the Author

About Becky Hogg

Becky Hogg studied on the RSN Apprenticeship after achieving a first class honours degree in Textiles. She now teaches Day Classes for the RSN as well as on the Certificate & Diploma Summer Intensives, Degree Programme and Bespoke Classes.

On completion of her embroidery training, Becky worked in the RSN Studio on various prestigious commissions including conservation projects, a new set of curtains for the Royal Opera House, and the commonwealth banner for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. She was also part of the team that worked on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. Recent projects include embroidery for Alexander McQueen’s couture collections and a sewing project for artists Gilbert and George. Becky has also written and designed the project embroidery for two published books.

Becky is the RSN Tutor for the successful RSN Online Course to Goldwork which launched in September 2018.


Amazon Customer Review

The book has a very interesting history of blackwork, and then as you would expect from RSN, very clear, detailed patterns and projects. It takes you step-by-step on how to set up your project.  It details every stitch you could ever need to complete it. The blackbird and fungi are gorgeous. A must have in your library.


Customer Review

I have wanted to try Blackwork for a while now, I have done crochet, embroidery and tapestry. I love this book. It goes through the history of Blackwork then shows how to do the stitches and also how to plan your own design. Very easy to follow and there are plenty of pictures to help.

Customer Review

I was first introduced to blackwork at school and have been keen to revisit for some time, hence delighted to receive this book. It is very comprehensive on both history and stitches. 

Amazon Customer Review

A very useful stitch library. This book has very good selection of stitch patterns, and I particularly liked the section on shading. The illustrations of finished pieces are amazing, particularly the tiger and penguins.

Amazon Customer Review

An excellent glossary of stitches. Perhaps not a book for a beginner, but brilliant for those who want to make their own designs. There is a good section on using different weight threads and an excellent array of different stitches, and how to transfer your design to fabric.

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