Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of my Mystery Blackwork SAL :-)

My dear friend Claire introduced me to blackwork a few months ago and I’ve been very happily stitching along with her. Several of my regular readers will have stitched along too!

I have now charted my own design to share with all of you over the next few weeks and Claire has very kindly tested the complete chart. Of course, she has been sworn to secrecy, because this is a “Mystery” SAL. New stages will be released every Friday.

This is a small square project, only 62 stitches across and down. You will need a piece of your regular cross stitch fabric, embroidery thread, a needle and scissors. I’ve used 14 count aida fabric with one thread colour. You may wish to experiment with several colours. The choice is yours. You will need to stitch the entire design with one single thread to get the best finish (in my opinion) as the design is so fine and delicate.

So, be brave!! If you haven’t tried this type of embroidery before GO FOR IT :-D Come on all you quilters! You know you want to try this. I’m sure you can spare about an hour a week to stitch along with us!

Here is my first part completed. Stage 1

If you are joining the SAL please:

  • Leave a comment to let me know you are stitching along
  • Mention which country you live in so we can all see how many countries are taking part
  • Send me a photo (via email) of your stitching at the end of each stage so I can update the gallery for everyone to see

Finally, before you download my chart, please REMEMBER this! The design is my own and is provided for your personal use only. It MUST NOT be copied, reproduced or sold in any form.  I am sorry if this sounds harsh but my designs and tutorials have been copied and/or sold before. Please play nicely. I like to share :-)

Click the link below to download :-)

Enjoy! See you next week,

Avis x

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74 Comments

  1. Nicely done, Avis x! Be Blessed, Mtetar

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  2. vicki seals

     /  May 17, 2013

    I would love to do this. Thanks for the chance to learn something new! vickise at gmail dot com

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  3. I’d like to congratulate you on winning the “Super Sweet Blogging Award” ❤ To receive this award, simply copy & paste my post – http://graycrochet.wordpress.com/ , follow the rules, and spread some sweetness of your own! Thanks for being so fabulous! ^_^

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  4. francoise31

     /  May 17, 2013

    i live in France , and I am pleased to stitch along with you
    thanks

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  5. I live in France. I’ll do it.

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  6. Masha

     /  May 17, 2013

    Je participe !!!

    France

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  7. claire93

     /  May 17, 2013

    youpee !!!! Time to start backworking again ^^ Thanks for the first stage Avis – I’ll get started this weekend in the drizzly Paris suburbs

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  8. claire93

     /  May 17, 2013

    btw I will do a post on my blog later with link to yours to remind ladies and maybe recruit a few more. I will copy & paste your photo to get them drooling if that’s okay?

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  9. witchylin

     /  May 17, 2013

    Thank you for getting me started on another discipline.
    I live in the UK and I will be stitching along too. :-)

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  10. Denby

     /  May 17, 2013

    I’ll be stitching along with everyone.

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  11. passionbroderie77

     /  May 17, 2013

    Thank’s for part 1 have z good day

    Corinne http://passionbroderie77.over-blog.com/

    > Message du 17/05/13 02:06 > De : “Oh Sew Tempting” > A : passionbroderie77@orange.fr > Copie à : > Objet : [New post] Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along Part 1 > >WordPress.com Oh Sew Tempting posted: “Welcome to Part 1 of my Mystery Blackwork SAL :-) My dear friend Claire introduced me to blackwork a few months ago and I’ve been very happily stitching along with her. Several of my regular readers will have stitched along too! I have now charted m”

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  12. I’m joining you – also in the UK!

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  13. Je vais m’y mettre avec plaisir, à bientôt pour les photos, bonne journée, Jocelyne – La Pie

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  14. yvonne

     /  May 17, 2013

    jje suis française. j’ai déjà brodé en blackwork avec Claire, j’aime beaucoup cela et je m’inscris avec plaisir à ce sal mystère.

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  15. JenBonner

     /  May 17, 2013

    Hi, Thanks so much for the pattern. I have been wanting to start doing blackwork for a while now and this is the perfect opportunity! (BTW, I am American but live in the UK). -Jennifer
    P.S. Quick question: Is this part 1 pattern the middle of the design?

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    • Hi Jennifer! I’m so pleased you are going to join in :-) It will be such a gentle introduction to blackwork and I know you will love the result. So far, we only have one American in the group so I’ll count you as American (for the stats only). You guessed correctly. Part 1 is at the very centre of the design. Have a wonderful weekend :D Avis x

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  16. Myrmic

     /  May 17, 2013

    Bonjour,
    je suis intéressée par le Blackword, je suis française.
    merci pour cette petite grille
    A bientôt
    Myriam

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  17. PIETROSANTE

     /  May 17, 2013

    Bonjour
    Je souhaite faire partie de votre aventure
    Christiane

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  18. Time to put Germany on the map. :) I’ll join the party.

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  19. carmen

     /  May 17, 2013

    Je souhaite faire parti de l’aventure mais je ne parle pas un mot d’anglais!

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  20. Sweden here :) Starting tomorrow to stitch. Gonna write on my blog as well!
    Gun, Sweden

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  21. hello, Can I stitch with you ? I’m not understand very well english but I try to follow you ! I am going to you because Claire in her blog. Thanks. Cath

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  22. Sorry I have a question. This first part is in the center ? thanks cath

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  23. Hi Avis.. Can I still join in the fun?? I just completed the mini-sal over at Claire’s wordpress.. let me know.. hope I’m not too late for this..

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    • It’s never too late :-) Welcome to the SAL. I hope you have fun stitching along! Avis x

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      • okie, thank you for your reply.
        Just wondering what is the size (measurement) of the aida cloth which i need to prepare? Thank you

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        • Hi, the size of fabric depends on how many holes per inch you have chosen. I used 14 hpi. My stitching finished at 5 inches across and down. I started with fabric sized 9 inches square as I wanted to frame my work when I finished. If you have chosen aida which is different from 14 hpi, just make sure you have enough for a total of 62 stitches across and down plus extra to trim off as you wish. I hope this helps :-) Avis x

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  24. kaia

     /  May 18, 2013

    Hello, may I stitch with you ? I thank Claire for telling us that your sal begins.
    I can read english but I don’t speak easiky..

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  25. Chris41

     /  May 18, 2013

    Je viens du blog de Claire où j’ai vu ton SAL, je vais vous suivre dans l’aventure. Je viens de France.
    Bonne journée Chris41

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  26. A little late but I would love to join in! I am only just discovering the wonderful world of craft blogging, and this is my very first SAL – I even had to Google the term so I knew what it was ;). But I love blackwork, and can’t wait to see what this design will grow into. Thank you for your hard work.

    I share my time between Devon UK (where I am at the moment), and The Gambia in West Africa.

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    • Welcome to the SAL. There are now 23 stitchers from across the world in the group :-) I hope you enjoy stitching my design. After looking at the beautiful work on your blog, I think we are in for a real treat when we all see your completed stages. Don’t forget to send photos :-) Avis x

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  27. Nora

     /  May 20, 2013

    What a nice temptation that I just discovered! I’ll join in if it’s not too late. I live in Switzerland.
    Thank you.

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  28. J’ai déjà réalisé des broderies Blackwork chez Claire. Je voudrais bien participer à votre SAL. Merci de m’inscrire parmi vous. Je n’ai pas encore commencé mais je vais bien vite rattraper le retard.
    Amitiés. Martine

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  29. françoiseA

     /  May 22, 2013

    bonjour : je suis de France et j’aimerai bien vous rejoindre ?? merçi a vous! comment être avertie des étapes a venir svp ????

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    • Hi Francoise! Welcome to the SAL. Please “follow” my blog and you will receive an email when the next part is released. You will find the “follow” at the top of the page. Avis x

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  30. Je n’ai jamais brodé de blackwork. J’aimerais essayer…
    J’habite dans les Alpes, en France.
    Bonne soirée !

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  31. Bonjour ,je vais te suivre dans ce SAL
    J’habite dans le nord de la France
    Bonne journée

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  32. Hi! I’m joining you and will also write about it on my blog. I’m from Sweden.

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    • That’s wonderful news! I have just published Part 2 so there is still plenty of time to catch up. Please send a photo of your stitching to my email (right) and I’ll include it in the gallery with a link to your blog. Avis x

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  33. Maria

     /  June 7, 2013

    Pourrais je rejoindre le groupe ???

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