Blackwork Sampler

Blackwork Sampler, March 22, 2013

Back in March of 2013, I decided to experiment with blackwork. I made a small sampler. I used Aida 14 cloth and black DMC embroidery floss–not historically accurate, but cheaper/easier to obtain than silk thread.

For more information about blackwork, see Wikipedia, at

Counted stitch Blackwork, 1530s (left), and free stitch Blackwork, 1590s (right). (Images courtesy of Wikipedia–see link above.)