Category Archives: M2, Chapter 2

Blackwork Tonal Columns

Blackwork Sample 1 - Pattern Development

Blackwork Sample 1 Pattern Development

I really loved doing the first sample using pattern development; and it just seemed to fly from my fingers.

The second sample varied the thread thickness. I did not like the extremes of thread thicknesses as they either looked to scrawny or thick and distorting on the fabric. I especially didn’t like how the thickest thread just turned the pattern into a blob.

The third sample was my nemesis. My brain had a really hard time calculating the appropriate original (lightest) spacing to end up with the spacing for the darkest section or vice versa. It took many graphing and stitching attempts. I finally realized that the lightest spacing had to be divisible by two and then divisible by two again. It felt like quite an accomplish when I finally got this sample finished!

Blackwork Sample 2 Increasing Thread Thickness

Blackwork Sample 2 Increasing Thread Thickness

Blackwork Sample 3 - Spacing

Blackwork Sample 3 Spacing

Graphs Created:

graphing sample 1

Graph for sample 1

Graphs for samples 2 and 3

Graphs for samples 2 and 3

graphing sample 3 again

Another attempt graphing sample 3

More graphing of sample 3

More graphing of sample 3

Working Sheet:

m2 ch2 blackwork working sheet

Blackwork Working Sheet

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Cross Stitch on Canvas

A tonal column using cross stitch on canvas.

Cross Stitch on Canvas
Notes from Working Sheets:

Begun: 8.28.11
Finished: 8.30.11
Total Time: 5h45

Cost:
Needle and Canvas $1
Threads: $1
(crewel wool and DMC floss in white and black)

Originally I tried to work one grayscale section at a time, but it seemed to work best to develop the entire column and then go back and tweak it.

Important to remember that white threads underneath black create a darker area than black under white