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 5

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 37   Corticelli 5 - 1 of 2.
Set 38   Corticelli 9 - 2 of 2.
Set 38   Corticelli 2 .
Set 40   Corticelli 13 - 1.
Set 41   Corticelli 13 - 2.
Set 42   Cousine Crochet.
Set 43   Cousine Fillet Crochet 1.
Set 44   Cousine Fillet Crochet 2.
Set 45   Cousine Fillet Crochet 3.
Set 46   Crawford Collars.
Set 47   Crochet craft 22.
Set 48   Crooker All La.
Set 49   Devere Richardsons IC.
Set 50   Dexter 1 Butterfly.
Set 51   Dixon Handsome.
Set 52   DMC net 1.
Set 53   DMC net 2.
Set 54   DMC-ABC duCrochet.
Set 55   DMC Alphabet Brodeuse.
Set 56   DMC Broderie Passeger.
Set 57   DMC Crochet 7O.
Set 58   DMC Filet Guipure.
Set 59   DMC Filet Richelieu.
Set 60   DMC Irish Crochet 1.
Set 61   DMC Irish Crochet 2.
Set 62   DMC Irish Crochet 3.
Set 63   DMC Irish Crochet 4.
Set 64   Drew Portfolio.
Set 65   Duff Irish Crochet.
Set 66   Dvorak 13 Art Crochet.
Set 67   Dvorak 17 American Beauty.
Set 68   E Frette Album- 1.
Set 69   E Frette Album- 2.
Set 70   Edgarton Flower Vase 1.
Set 71   Edgarton Flower Vase 2.
Set 72   Edging and Insertions 2 Cordet.

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