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Introduction to Blackwork

Blackwork embroidery dates back to the 16th century when it was used to embellish fine clothes, but this RSN beginners Blackwork course will teach you how to create a striking puffin design using traditional stitches combined with more modern techniques to create tone and texture.

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Join Royal School of Needlework Tutor Helen McCook for this Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery course, and learn how to stitch a striking puffin design using traditional and modern techniques. On this course you will learn a wide variety of Blackwork filling patterns including Octagonal Star, Interlocking I, Waffle, Honeycomb, Rounded Eyelet and more, as well as ingenious ways to change the tone and texture of the work using different thread densities and by manipulating the stitch patterns themselves. Helen will show you everything you need to know to get started with Blackwork. The kit that accompanies the course includes all the materials you'll need to create the embroidery with Helen. During the course you'll learn about the history of this age-old technique and lots of Royal School of Needlework tips on how to get a professional finish to your work. Start your RSN journey today with this Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery.

Lesson breakdown

  • Overview
  • Meet Your Tutor
  • Course Materials
  • Transferring the Design
  • Your Blackwork Project
  • Octagonal Star
  • Rounded Eyelet
  • Small Diamond
  • Waffle
  • Honeycomb
  • Interlocking I's
  • One-to-One Hole
  • Final Details

Course includes:

  • Discussion Board & Gallery: Interact with other learners in the course by asking questions, expressing your thoughts and inspirations, and sharing images of your work.
  • Notes: Keep personal notes to help you with your work and the course content.
  • Interactive Activities: Test your knowledge of the material you have covered.
  • Video Lesson Running Time: 99 minutes. 
  • The videos in this course are available for you to watch via online streaming

Kit includes:

  • 32-count Belfast linen
  • Tapestry and embroidery needles
  • Stranded cotton, coton a broder and machine-weight thread
  • Water erasable pen
  • Design template
  • Please note that your kit will not include instructions on stitching the design, as this is all contained within the online course. 

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SKU 2005441
Author/Speaker/Editor Helen McCook
Product Type Course + Kit
  1. Loved this course review by Michelle M. on 4/15/2019

    Seeing how the experts work the stitch and using that to develop your own style is especially helpful. Thanks for a brilliant experience!!

  2. Really enjoying it! review by Sarah J. on 2/22/2019

    All the info is provided online with tutorial videos which you can refer back to anytime you need to.
    It’s my first experience with Blackwork and I’m finding it really easy to understand what I’m doing!
    I was planning to do courses at Hampton Court & still hope to do some but I liked that I could just get on & get started with this without waiting for a course date! The kit came the day after I ordered it!

  3. Amazing review by Michelle M. on 1/14/2019

    I completed the online course for Blackwork and it was an amazing experience! The class was really well done, the project was engaging, and I felt that it was almost as good as being there. I have ordered all of the other online courses and hope you guys keep adding more?

  4. I enjoyed the course review by Shirley R. on 10/25/2018

    It would have been helpful to have a second skein of the cotton a broder rather than the stranded cotton. I ran out of the former and switched to 2 strands of the latter to finish the shading. The stranded cotton is readily available, and I have a lot of it. The coton a broder is not available locally and ordering would have been a lengthy process.

  5. Keep up the good work review by Elsebeth L. on 9/14/2018

    I just love that I can do the courses on-line. It is not that easy to travel to another country. The videos were excellent and really easy to follow. This was my first but not last blackwork. I really love the technique. Why not add another blackwork embroidery that is a bit more experienced. These courses also make RSN known abroad to a wider audience. And I talk about them frequently with other embroiderers that I meet. So keep up the good work.

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