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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi
  • Publication: 31 May 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218456
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £14.99

Blackwork Embroidery in Colour


A colourful modern twist on a traditional technique by Melanie Couffe

Book Description

Blackwork is a traditional form of embroidery, usually worked in black thread on a white background. Here, author Melanie Couffe takes the technique and gives it a burst of colour by introducing delicate shades of pink, blue, green, red, yellow, orange and purple. Her book begins with an introduction to the fabrics and threads she uses, and the basic stitches you need to produce the beautiful designs featured in the book. She then goes on to create 16 gorgeous projects, including a pinkeep, mobile phone case, a purse and several framed pieces, all accompanied by step-by-step instructions, photographs and charts. Melanie's enchanting designs will inspire you to introduce colour into your blackwork, and create your own stunning embroideries based on this classic technique.

Table of Contents


History of Blackwork

Tools and Materials


Stitch Guide

Geometric Patterns




Spring Tree of Life

Tulip Pinkeep

Bee Pendibule

Spring Fob Trio



Summer Tree of Life

Flamingo Tote Bag

Marine Jewellery

Mobile Phone Cases



Autumn Tree of Life

Pumpkin Citrolli

Hedgehog Purse

Autumnal Grapes 



Winter Tree of Life

12 Christmas Tree Decorations

Foliage Trio

Robin Clock


The Charts


About the Author

About Melanie Couffe

Melanie Couffe started her career as a language teacher and was an avid cross stitcher in her spare time. She started her cross stitch design company while on maternity leave and has been an independent creative entrepreneur ever since. She has also developed a range of hand-dyed stitching fabrics and also runs part of the French overdyed thread business, Le Fil Atalie. Melanie is a qualified colour therapist and colour is an integral part of her life and business. Melanie was born in Wimbledon in the UK and now lives in the south of France.

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