Black Work

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Black work is usually done with straight or back stitches to cover large areas in an embroidery pattern. Geometric stitches are commonly used and even weave / aida fabric is preferred.

Zigzag stitch

This was done using back stitch.

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Shoofly Stitch

This stitch consists of 4 triangles attached to the 4 points of a cross stitch.

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Square Stitch

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Fishscale Stitch

Straight stitches are joined with zigzag stitches.

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

Black work stitches - hand embroidery tutorials

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