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 Pattern Set 10

Antique Crochet Books


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 219   RoyalSoc21Lampshades.
Set 220   RoyalSociety1.
Set 221   RoyalSocVol1No7Crochet1of2.
Set 222   RoyalSocVol1No7Crochet2of2.
Set 223   Sajou161.
Set 224   Sajou418Cro.
Set 225   ShermanHand.
Set 226   SmithCorticelli18.
Set 227   SpiresSomeIn.
Set 228   SpoolCottonRisingSunNo7274.
Set 229   TaylorPrisEdging1-24.
Set 230   TaylorPrisEdging25-end.pdf.
Set 231   TaylorPrisIrish2.
Set 232   Teneriffe.
Set 233   TharpeAttrac.
Set 234   TownsendForgetMeNot.
Set 235   TrigouletOuv.
Set 236   unk_brod.
Set 237   Valeire4MyTrousseau.pdf.
Set 238   ValeireCroTat1.
Set 239   var_lace_1.pdf.
Set 240   var_lace_2.
Set 242   WarrenCourt.
Set 243   WellsVariety.pdf.
Set 244   WilkePrisCross15-24.
Set 245   WilkePrisCross25-36.

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