Spanish Blackwork

Blackwork Hystory

Historically, blackwork was used on shirts and chemises or smocks in England from the time of Henry VIII. The common name "Spanish work" craft was based on the belief that Catherine of Aragon brought many blackwork garments with her from Spain, and portraits of the later 15th and early 16th centuries show black embroidery or other trim on Spanish chemises. Black embroidery was known in England before 1500. Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales describes the clothing of the miller's wife, Alison: "Of white, too, was the dainty smock she wore, embroidered at the collar all about with coal-black silk, alike within and out." Blackwork in silk on linen was the most common domestic embroidery technique for clothing (shirts, smocks, sleeves, ruffs, and caps) and for household items such as cushion covers throughout the reign of Elizabeth I, but it lost its popularity by the 17th century. ( ) Craft, Craft and more Craft coming soon.


Welcome To My Spanish Blackwork Site


For many years I have loved creating blackwork pieces as gifts for family and friends. Now I have created this site so that anyone can try this unique style of embroidery.

On this site you will find everything for Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework.

☼        Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework free fillers.

☼        Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework patterns.

☼        Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework designs.

☼        Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework book links.

☼        Lots of other crafts - free downloads.

☼        A place for you to submit your own Spanish Blackwork embroidery needlework designs to show off to the world.


Please join my Email List, if I get enough people interested, I will start sending a monthly news letter with my new finds not yet posted to my web site. You will also be able to select your specific interest, and i will do my best to get information in that area for you. If there is a craft you would like to see on my site, please let me know.

Direct links to free filler pages.

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Have a look at my E-Books


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'Spanish Blackwork E-Books' on my Selez page.

Versions available - PDF - MOBI - E-Pub.