Bronwen's Blackwork Library

Hundreds of authentic blackwork patterns from 16th and 17th century sources

Tutorial: How to Do Double Running Stitch

Italian Blackwork Patterns (temporarily unavailable)

German Blackwork Patterns (temporarily unavailable) from the New Modelbuch and the Formbuchlein

English Fillwork Patterns (temporarily unavailable)

Polychrome Counted Thread Embroidery from the Bostocke Sampler (c. 1598) (temporarily unavailable)
Although these patterns are done in various colors, they are included here because they implement the same stitching techniques used in Blackwork embroidery.

Why Call it Blackwork? Book Review by Claudette Ziemann

Blackwork Patterns from Elizabethan Portraits (temporarily unavailable)
Blackwork patterns and counted thread patterns redacted from 16th century portraits

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