Sat, 31 Aug | Opendrawer

Shaded Blackwork - From Image to Thread

Take a favourite image and interpret it in Blackwork
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Shaded Blackwork - From Image to Thread

Time & Location

31 Aug 2019, 10:00 am – 01 Sept 2019, 4:00 pm
Opendrawer, Rear of Hartwell Church of Christ, 248 Highfield Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia. Enter from Milverton St.

About This Workshop

Ever imagined your own Blackwork interpretation of a favourite image? This two-day technique class is the perfect way to build your knowledge of the step-by-step process that will bring your vision to reality.

We will start by using a simple image that is provided and the basic Blackwork stitches of back stitch and running back stitch and focus on learning the shading technique.

The class will include stitch basics for those new to Blackwork, if required.

Over the two days we’ll cover:

• image selection

• interpreting shading

• preparing the design tracing

• transferring the design

• diaper pattern selection

• thread selection

• pattern sampling

• determining your stitch plan

• stitching the design

Date: Sat & Sun Aug 31 & Sep 1 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $280 + materials fee of $35 to be paid to the tutor on the first day

Basic Kit (covered by materials fee):


• Image

• Tracing paper

• Line drawing

• Tissue paper

• Pencils

• Sewing thread for tacking


• Two pieces of 25cm x 25 cm piece of 28 count white Evenweave fabric


• Black (310) DMC stranded cotton

• Black (310) DMC No. 50 machine embroidery thread

• Black Superfine silk


• No. 24 Tapestry

• No. 10 Crewel

For examples or inspiration:



• Royal School of Needlework Blackwork Gallery:

• Blackwork Journey –

Tutor: Christine Burton

Starting out with Crewel embroidery, Christine has since gone on to learn numerous embroidery techniques from tutors in Australia and America, and is presently completing her Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in London.

A member of numerous stitching groups, Christine also regularly exhibits her work at local events and teaches at the Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria events across the state, and at various embroidery shops around Melbourne. Her work has been published in Inspirations embroidery magazine.

Awarded the Ethel Oates Scholarship by the Embroiderer’s Guild in 2017, Christine has most recently focused on historic 17th century embroidery techniques, in particular Blackwork, Stumpwork, Crewel and Goldwork, and enjoys sharing these skills with today’s needleworkers.


Some experience with counted thread techniques preferred but not essential

What you will learn

• The Blackwork shading technique

• Basic Blackwork stitches (if required)

What you will take away

• A work in progress with a kit of supplies, fabric, thread and needles sufficient to complete the project

• The skills to recreate the process for your own images

What to bring

• Two 6-8” hoops (Susan Bates or wooden with inner ring bound) or

stretcher bars (20cm x 20cm) plus thumb tacks for pinning the fabric

• Sharp fine tipped embroidery scissors

• Dressmaker or berry pins

• Fine tipped tweezers

• Quick Grip clamp or seated embroidery frame to enable ‘hands free’ stitching (recommended)

• Magnifier and/or additional lighting (recommended)

• Pencil and notepad

Appropriate for

Adults 18 and over with previous experience in counted thread techniques

  • Shaded Blackwork

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