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.


Free Spanish Blackwork Design 1


My first design is very simple cat, having an outline and single fill pattern. You may use this design for your personal use only.


My Cat


Finished cat on 18 count white Aida cloth.


Free Spanish Blackwork My Cat Chart Download

Click on link,this will open the free chart, right click on image and save to your pc.This will give you your free copy of the Spanish Blackwork My Cat Chart .



Materials: 18 count Aida cloth, black embroidery floss, size 26 embroidery needle.

I have split the length of cotton into six strands, this will give you a fine line look to your work.


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

Versions available - PDF - MOBI - E-Pub.