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 6

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 73   E Frette Album 1.
Set 74   E FretteAlbum 2.
Set 75   Egenolff Modelbuch .
Set 76   EhrlichCro3Filet.
Set 78   Exhibition Book.
Set 79   FancyBraidCro.
Set 80   FarnesAntiqu.
Set 81   FarnesBAlph.
Set 82   Farnes C Yokes.
Set 83   Farnes D Filet Crochet.
Set 84   Farnes F Edges.
Set 85   FiletBrode.
Set 86   FiletBrode5.
Set 87   FischbackSudslavischeOrnamente.
Set 89   Fitch2FiletCrochet.
Set 91   Fitch3FiletCrochet.
Set 92   Fitch4CrochetedYokes.
Set 93   Fitch5ManualCrochet.
Set 94   FitchFiletCrochet1.
Set 95   FitzwilliamJacobean.
Set 96   GarbuttPrisBed.
Set 97   GaugainLady's.
Set 98   HadleyIrish5.
Set 99   HandbookOfCrochet2.
Set 100   Hardouin1Guip.
Set 101   Hardouin2Guip.
Set 102   Hardouin3Guip.
Set 103   Hardouin4Guip.
Set 104   Hardouin5Dent.
Set 105   Hardouin6Dent.
Set 106   HardouinGrosCrochet1.
Set 107   HardouinGrosCrochet2.
Set 108   Harris7Blouses.
Set 109   HarrisClarksCroYokes.

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