Blackwork Pattern of the Month – ‘Falling Fans’

This pattern was created by repeating a little fan (or leaf?) that I extracted from a larger motif in Blackwork Made Easy by Lesley Wilkins. In the diagram, 1 grid square equals 1 square on Aida or 2 threads on evenweave / linen. The sample is stitched with 1 strand of DMC 3051 (Dark Green Grey) on 30 count Legacy linen.

This month I also decided to bite the bullet and stitch the pattern inside a shape, which is what it’s meant for after all. Using a very fine Pigma Micron pen, I drew the outline of a leaf from “Cray” by William Morris onto 30 Count Legacy linen. I then stitched the filling pattern inside the shape using 1 strand of black Soie d’Alger, and outlined it with stem stitch.

Bethany Wilson

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