Rooster: Body in Blackwork


I started work on the blackwork body. I’m glad I chose a darker ground fabric. If I was working the pattern on white I’d consider backing it with something. I think it would be tricky to keep the tails on the back from showing through unless you were very meticulous about it.

I added some running stitch temporary basting lines, partly to better keep count and partly to help sure the waste canvas doesn’t shift. That would be unfortunate!

I’m considering double running stitch for the feathers. But vertical or horizontal? Or diagonal? And how solid would it look on 16 count fabric? Still thinking!

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14 Responses to Rooster: Body in Blackwork

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for teaching me something new. I feel like such a dummy not thinking of the grid idea myself. I bought a counted cross stitch once. Was a map of the road that runs through Cades cove in Tennessee. Badly wanted it into a pillow. But I got so sick of counting the dang thing!

    • Hannah says:

      You’re welcome! Though the counting is something of a pain even with the grid. I prefer uncounted work. I suspect by the time I’m done with the rooster I will be totally sick of it. But I do so love the design!

  2. Marie-Claire says:

    C’est très beau bonne soirée Marie-Claire

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am really glad you are sharing this project. I have already learned something…….not to be afraid to try something. I do have a question…….are those Q snap frame things you are using? I havr had nonluck with them and feel like i am always wrestling to keep the fabric tight. What is your secret? I cant wait to watch more progression on this,

    • Hannah says:

      Yes, they are Q-snap frames. I do have to re-tighten them intermittently. I think it depends a little bit on the fabric. But they don’t wrinkle fabric like hoops do, they’re super cheap, and they are easier than some types of the nicer frames. At some point I want to experiment with some of the fancy frames (like the Millenium Embroidery Frame that Mary Corbet recommends), and probably Qsnaps would be bad for projects that absolutely require consistent pressure. But so far if you want cheap and easy it’s the best I’ve found. I guess you get what you pay for. So I just re-adjust the Q-snaps when it gets loose. No secret 😉

  4. The blackwork is going well – it will look fabulous when it’s done!

  5. coralseas says:

    The blackwork design is lovely,

  6. wendy says:

    Love that blackwork pattern

  7. Anita says:

    Lovely design! It’s coming along beautifully!

  8. Ruth says:

    If the white plastic frames slip place a piece of folded tissue round the canvas under the plastic. It gives a better grip & if you extend it slightly over the canvas it helps to avoid finger marks on the canvas. If you use the frame on some of the canvas you have already stitched you can discard the tissue or thin it as you go along.

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