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 7

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 110   HarveyPrisIrish1.
Set 111   HarveyPrisIrish2.
Set 112   HarveyPrisIrish3 .
Set 113   HarveyPrisIrish4.
Set 114   HaydenRound.
Set 115   HegeChild.
Set 117   HerrschnerCatalog2.
Set 118   HerrschnerCatalog3.
Set 119   HessArtNeedlework7-2of2.
Set 120   HochfeldenBuchDerWasche.
Set 121   How to Crochet Cluny Laces - Antique Book.
Set 122   HustonHomeNeedleworkFiletCro.
Set 123   IlPuntoFilet.
Set 125   IrishLaceDoily.
Set 126   JenkinsonChe.
Set 127   KerzmanMiscDesigns.
Set 128   KettellePriscillaFilet2.
Set 129   KingEdgings.
Set 130   KirchmaierFiletCrochet4.
Set 132   KlickmannArt1.
Set 133   KlickmannArt1.
Set 134   KlickmannArt2.
Set 135   KlickmannBeau1.
Set 136   KlickmannBeau2.
Set 137   KlickmannDistinctivep1-60.
Set 138   KlickmannDistinctivep61-end.
Set 139   KlickmannHoArCr1.
Set 140   KlickmannHoArCr2.
Set 141   KlickmannHoArCr3.
Set 142   KnepfCenterpiece.
Set 143   KnorrCollar.
Set 144   Kreuzstich-3-1.
Set 145   Kreuzstich-3-2.

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