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 4

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 1   How to Crochet Cluny Laces.
Set 2   Novelty Braid Crochet- Antique Book.
Set 3   A Crespel Filet.
Set 4   Album Delle Signore.
Set 5   Alexandre- Alpha.
Set 6   Alice Brooks 7121.
Set 7   Alice Brooks 7139.
Set 8   Alice Brooks 7151.
Set 9   Alice Brooks 7226.
Set 10   Alice Brooks 7234.
Set 11   Alice Brooks Star Medallion.
Set 12   Amer Lace Maker v2.
Set 13   Antoinette Cluny.
Set 14   Baer Some Simple.
Set 15   Batt Pris Yoke 2.
Set 16   Batt Pris Yoke 3.
Set 17   Coming Soon.
Set 18   Beeton Needlework 185-442.
Set 19   Bell lace trimming.
Set 20   Bodwell Hands.
Set 21   Bonus 3 toys & tree.
Set 22   Boucherit Filet 3.
Set 23   Brainerd Last.
Set 24   Brown AWB Crochet 1.
Set 25   Brown AWB Crochet 2.
Set 26   Brown Filet Crochet.
Set 27   Bucilla 2 Hanky.
Set 28   Carter Royal 1.
Set 29   Clark W Bungalow.
Set 30   Coats 3 Clover.
Set 31   Coats 6.
Set 32   Collor Box.
Set 33   Cordet 14 Filet Creations.
Set 34   Cordet Creations Edges 2.
Set 35   Cordet Creations Edges 4.
Set 36   Corticelli 1.

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