gcc rosesgcc roses detailRoses uses a favorite flower to teach one method of working blackwork. Using a floral motif is in keeping with historic pieces done in one period when blackwork was a dominant technique. Students will be introduced to the history of blackwork, materials, design transfer and a method of working blackwork patterns. They will discover the difference between dark, medium and light density blackwork patterns. The original is worked in black and a gray to give some contrast and interest to the piece. The use of gold for the enhancement of the piece echoes the historic use of gold. While the original is in black, gray and gold, students may work in any color they prefer. Students will make their Roses bloom and be ready to work any design that may be found in blackwork.

Teacher: Carol Algie Higginbotham

Project: Framed picture

Size: 8.5" x 12" design area

Fabric: 28- or 30-count white or cream linen

Threads: Stranded cotton, #4 Very fine braid

Colors: As shown in photograph or student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate (student will practice lots of compensation)

Prerequisites: None

Time: Six months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $34 per student; 40 pages, includes color pictures and detailed instructions 

Supplies (approximate): $38; click here to download the supply list for this course