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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • 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. There are 16 gorgeous projects to create, including a pinkeep, mobile phone case, 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 modern, stunning embroideries based on this classic technique. The threads used in the book are her own hand-dyed range available to order from her website and Etsy shop.

Table of Contents

History of Blackwork
Tools and Materials
Stitch Guide
Geometric Patterns

SPRINGSpring Tree of Life, Tulip Pinkeep, Bee Pendibule, Spring Fob Trio 
SUMMER - Summer Tree of Life, Flamingo Tote Bag, Marine Jewellery, Mobile Phone Cases 
AUTUMN - Autumn Tree of Life, Pumpkin Citrolli, Hedgehog Purse, Autumnal Grapes  
WINTER - 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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