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 Crochet Patterns


These are designs that I like which have been collected &

download from many different sites on the internet.

These designs have not been created by me.

Please feel free to use any of them.


Set 1 Free Crochet Patterns - Crochet Bags Crochet Bags.
Set 2 Free Crochet Patterns - Crochet  Baby Panda Hat Baby Panda Hat.
Set 3 Free Crochet Patterns - Crochet  Lace Coat Hanger Cover Lace Coat Hanger Cover.
Set 4 Antique Crochet Books 1-36.
Set 5 Antique Crochet Books 37-72.
Set 6 Antique Crochet Books 73-109.
Set 7 Antique Crochet Books 110-146.
Set 8 Antique Crochet Books 147-183.
Set 9 Antique Crochet Books 184-220.
Set 10 Antique Crochet Books 220-246.
Set 11 Shark Socks.
Set 12 Crochet Flowers.

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.