Blackwork Color Wheel


Cost includes 6 hours of class.

With Linda Pietz

July 10, 10am-12pm CDT;
July 10, 2-4pm CDT;
July 11, 2-4pm CDT

Be a part of an embroidery tradition that goes back to the time of Henry VIII. Learn twelve traditional geometric patterns as you stitch a unique color wheel.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.

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Blackwork is a form of embroidery using black silk threads on white or off-white even-weave fabric. Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is credited with bringing this decorative embroidery to England from her native Spain. The geometric patterns evoke wrought iron and that Moorish influence. At a time when only the wealthiest could afford lace, blackwork was often used as a substitute. If you look closely at paintings from that period (think Holbein), you will see examples of blackwork. Sadly, because of the iron used to dye the silk, few original pieces have survived.

Today blackwork has taken on a modern twist, and is not limited to black thread. You will learn twelve different traditional patterns and stitch them in the colors of the color wheel. Not only will your sampler be a beautiful decorative piece for your home, but useful as a color wheel. While stitching, we’ll discuss basic color theory and how to use that knowledge in future fiber-art projects.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Have basic sewing skills, be able to do a back stitch, and read an embroidery chart.

Supply list
__#22 tapestry needle
__A 12″ x 12″ piece of #14 even weave fabric. Aida cloth or any 14 count fabric will suffice and can be found online or at many local craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnne’s.
__10-inch embroidery hoop
__DMC floss, one skein each: 310, 444, 742, 741, 946, 666,718, 550, 791,798, 3812, 701, 907
__Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Katherine H.
Colorful Blackwork

I like this class a great deal. It's a finite project, it uses many colors where all black would have been hard for me to take, and the teacher is knowledgeable. The only real challenge is that she ran out of time, going an hour over, not that it was a problem for me personally, but others had to leave and catch up from the recording.

I'm still working on my project and I discovered that I can't work on it in the car on our bumpy roads.

Carol R.
Much fun!

Linda is an extraordinarily patient and gracious instructor. She also has a beautiful speaking voice! Such a pleasure to have a class with her. I hope to have more classes with her in the future.

Great Class!

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Blackwork is new to me and Linda did a great job going over all the techniques. Linda also managed the class really well - had an amazing amount of patience for the few students who weren’t prepared and needed extra help.

Margaret H.
Great class!

The class was interesting and informative. The instructor is very knowledgeable and extremely patient!