Fancy trying something new?

My blogging friend ClaireΒ is holding a SAL for a lovely little piece of blackwork on her French blog. If you haven’t tried blackwork before, this would make a great introduction to it as the project she is doing is small enough to fit into a card for someone special and the chart is free at http://www.practicalblackwork.com πŸ™‚

Why not take a look at Claire’s blogs and join in the fun?

Here is my progress so far.

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I am going to put it in this card when I have finished. This first stage took me a couple of hours to do. I know it isn’t black πŸ˜‰ I am already thinking dark blue aida with white snowflakes for next Christmas. Sorry! πŸ˜†

I’ve just linked up at Freshly PiecedΒ for WIP Wednesday. Hop over and take a look at the other projects πŸ™‚

Happy crafting!

Avis x

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  1. claire93

     /  January 2, 2013

    that’s the fun with blackwork – it doesn’t have to be black lol

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  2. Pretty. And dark blue aida and white snowflakes sounds lovely too.

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  3. Love that shade of blue… looks beautiful!

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  4. Very nice, is there a tutorial? I would love to learn. Thanks for sharing. Mtetar

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    • If you go to Claire’s French blog link she has her own link to the chart. It is just backstitch even though it looks quite intricate. I hope you can join us Mtetar πŸ™‚ Avis x

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  5. 1marylou

     /  January 2, 2013

    A job well done! I found Claire’s blog rather interesting.

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  6. Lovely! I haven’t done needlework in such a long time…this could be a good starter project πŸ™‚

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  7. I haven’t done blackwork in decades. I liked this piece even in the thumbnail over at WIP Wednesday and just had to see it. One of the things I like is that it isn’t black.

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    • Hi Stella, You must come and join us in Claire’s SAL! It is a very small project and is making up fast. You will be able to teach me some blackwork as this is my very first piece. I’m totally addicted to it already. Welcome to my blog. I’ve added yours to my blogroll πŸ˜€ Avis x

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  8. Hi Avis! This seems to be something new to me – I’m happy to see your lovely blue and white because black is not for me.Your design is beautiful and so nice for Christmas! So I guess you speak French! I was smiling when I saw my links in your blogroll. Have a lovely time with the blackwork! x Teje

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    • Hi Teje, It is a free design found by Claire and could easily be changed to make it even more snowflakey πŸ™‚ I can understand most of written and spoken French but they must speak very slowly. However, I don’t speak very much French myself. I was also smiling when I wrote the links πŸ™‚ Avis x

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  9. Lovely! Another talent!! I don’t dare bring something else out to work on. My sewing room overflow-eth!!!! LOL!

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    • I’m so pleased Claire is doing the SAL as I’ve wanted to try this for ages. I’ve finished this piece and I’m hooked. It’s nice to have a little project that is done in a few hours. I got storage boxes for Christmas so I’m all tidy and organised again. Now I only have three projects on the go (apart from all the quilt tops to quilt) πŸ˜€ Avis x

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  10. witchylin

     /  January 3, 2013

    Your card will be very special Avis. like Doreen, I dare not start anything else. Quilts waiting to be finished, knitting a snowdog, knitting a jazzy cardigan for me to wear at camps. Then there are the cross stitch WIP that I just can’t find under the piles of fabrics, threads and wool. I really need to get sorted out before I begin anything else. I have made a good start on the house so there are a few more spaces to put projects in some sort of order. I could do with two weeks of doing nothing but look at everything in my den and see just what it is and what I can use it for, then do it. How I would love to find the time to sit and read as I once did. LOL. Looked at the french blog, pictures only. I have no french what so ever.
    I wish I had only three projects on the go. I didn’t think I had so much stuff started then put to one side when I found something more interesting. I never thought retirement would make me so sloppy with my crafts. When I was working I was so organized. Maybe I had better find a job again. πŸ™‚

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    • Oh Lin!! Every time I need to have a giggle, I’m coming back to read this πŸ˜† I do tend to spread out a bit while I’m busy but when I finish a project, everything is put back in its place again. The stacking storage boxes were pricey but they have really helped me to organise. I shouldn’t really have to buy more fabric but I know I will πŸ˜‰ So, I now have one cross-stitch, one crochet ripple and a dozen quilt tops to quilt. That should be enough for this year. Oh….and there’s a vintage knitting machine somewhere??? which I must drag out and try out sometime πŸ˜€ Avis x

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  11. Avis, this is lovely. I think the snowflake piece will be beautiful! I did some Huck Embroidery in the last six months. That is about all the handwork I have done in years!

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    • Hi, I did huck embroidery at school but I’ve only just learned what it was called. We used a special fabric with loops to sew under and over instead of taking the thread through the fabric. The embroidery cotton was very thick and brightly coloured. I’ve never been able to find the fabric again. I think my Mum might have some table mats that I made somewhere πŸ™‚ Thanks for the memory! Avis x

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  12. So pretty and what a lovely card it will be. I really must muster up the time to get into embroidery one of these days.

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    • Well, if you have a scrap of aida fabric and a length of embroidery floss you can definitely find the time. I’m onto my second one. The first one took a total of five hours to make. Have a go! Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve added yours to my blogroll on the right πŸ˜€ Avis x

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  13. Followed the link and………….it was in french πŸ™‚ I studied french 3 years in school, but that was a long time ago πŸ™‚ In Sweden, in Dalcarlia, they sew a embroidery almost like that, called “svartstick” ( blackstitch). The hard thing about it, was that it should look the same on both sides. I never managed to do that πŸ™‚
    Gun, Sweden

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    • Oh, I had a teacher who used to say “It should look as good on the back!” but of course it never did. She didn’t like knots at the back of any embroidery so, to this day, I still don’t have knots. She was a wonderful teacher πŸ™‚ Avis x

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