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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 August 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219323
  • Carton Qty: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 136
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: RSN Essential Stitch Guides

RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork

$19.95

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
STITCHES 26
Back stitch and double running stitch 28
Chain stitch 30
Sketched satin stitch 32
Stem stitch 34
PATTERNS 36
SHADING 80
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 achieved a first class honours degree in Textiles at Loughborough School of Art, then specialised in traditional hand embroidery as a Graduate Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework, where she learned blackwork, goldwork, silk shading and whitework. She worked in the studios of the Royal School of Needlework for nine years on diverse and prestigious commissions including replica curtains for the Royal Opera House and the Commonwealth banner for the Queen's Jubilee. She now works freelance from her London studio and teaches hand embroidery at art colleges and at the Royal School of Needlework.

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