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Blackwork (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint) Paperback – August 22, 2012
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I seriously don't know /any/ blackworkers who don't have this book.
This book is very well written, and whilst I do not agree with all her conclusions about what blackwork is - her reasoning is logical and she includes lovely pictures - both of historical and modern blackwork.
I would have liked to see some more pictures of historical works (especially colour photos) - and would have liked her to address some popular misconceptions about blackwork.
All in all - I really do love this book and it is one that I always recommend.
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In this modest Dover paperback of 1998 which republishes Ms. Gostelow's 1976 English edition, the world of blackwork is opened to us from medieval times to today. I have included in Images above several photos from the book. The front cover is a detail of the pattern for a coif. The book gives props to Catharine of Aragon, King Henry VIII's first wife, and her supposedly bringing "Spanish work" to the isles. (It cracks me up that she was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, of Columbus and Spanish Inquisition fame.) As the author explains, there was good cause to associate Catharine with blackwork because she was an avid embroiderer and the detailed running backstitch began to dot every rich and royal costume in Tudor England. However, as we see in a modern reading of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, in "The Mylleres Tale" (Miller's), his young wife's "smock was white and embroidered in front and behind with coal-black silk and embroidered also on the inside and outside of the collar." There are other references to blackwork in Italy which predate Catharine who was born in 1485.Read more ›
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This book is a gorgeous resource for blackwork! I love the history infused in the samples!Published 7 months ago by Tiffany Glover
THIS IS A GOOD HISTORY OF BLACKWORK WITH SOME CHARTS. A VERY GOOD READ!Published 14 months ago by vanillabean
There's always something to see in an old book that concentrates on design that modern books ignore. This is such a book. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Lorraine Robertson
Not as many patters as I had hoped to use as reference for creating my own work.
Many photos were duplicates of the same ones in other books.
The book was a slight disappointment. I felt it should have had more patterns. The book does a thorough job history-wise, but I wish there had been more pictoral patterns.Published on June 14, 2013 by Marvel
I had hoped for more patterns, but it did give a lot of information and history of how blackwork came about. It made me aware of intricut work involved and its beauty.Published on November 27, 2012 by Darlene Smith
The book is great to start new projects. Also perfect gift to my sister.
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Excellant book for gaining Historical information about Blackwork (not just patterns). Well written & interesting to read. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by MtnStitcher