Blackwork Sprig Chart

blackwork sprig chart

Here’s a chart for the blackwork design on the card. It is an old sampler pattern, with a simple border added. Note that each stitch of the sprig is over two threads, but the four-sided stitch is over four threads. This kind of simple, traditional motif can be endlessly adapted and altered to suit other purposes.


8 Responses to “Blackwork Sprig Chart”

  1. I can imagine all sorts of uses to which it could be put! Cards, coasters, turning it into a border pattern and edging traycloths and tablecloths. It could even be stitched on a pillowcase if you used waste canvas…

    • suetortoise Says:

      Yes, it’s one of those patterns that you start rearranging in your head…. And at the scale it is here, it works up very quickly. I like doing coasters or bookmarks secured to the front of a greeting card with a few tacking stitches: something for the recipient to keep and use afterwards, if they wish.

  2. Thanks for sharing!
    I’m so saving this for later use.

    • suetortoise Says:

      Which is what the samplers were for originally, Tenar: saving patterns and stitches for later use, as well as trying out stitches. I love the fact that we can still pass on the patterns and learn so much from them, a small part of a long chain of stitchers.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    Just came across a pattern book & thought it might be of interest:

    • suetortoise Says:

      Oh, Elizabeth! That is a MAGNIFICENT book – I followed the link further to the Internet Archive’s full version, and wow! It’s an enormous 19th century collection of patterns from Mordovia. Riches! Almost all counted work, many of the designs printed in colour, plus pictures of how the embroidery is used on the national costume… I am drooling! It has German text as well as Mordovian, so I should be able to make out at least the gist of the text, too. Thank you very much for sending this link.

      • Elizabeth Says:

        Just saw your new blog post & came back to read your comment. Glad my instinct was correct – I do love bringing together people and interesting information 🙂

      • suetortoise Says:

        Excellent instinct – I’m having such fun with these patterns/stitches Elizabeth!

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