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Compressed lace (pattern)

‚ÄčThis pattern is made up of a tessellation of geometrical ogee lozenge shapes with a central diamond, and is a larger scale pattern for Blackwork.

This would work well in natural shapes as well as Arabesque and Oriental ornament.

Compressed lace (pattern) is generously sponsored by Delphine Morris

Method

1

Using a series of straight and back stitches follow the pattern to create the basic outline shape of the stitch. The use of the back stitch ensures black threads do not trail across the back of the white fabric.

2

Complete the area to be filled with the outline shapes.

3

Fill in the internal pattern of each shape, again by using a series of straight and back stitches to ensure the least amount of black thread trails across the back.

4

When jumping from one shape to another try to stitch the sequence to ensure the least amount of black thread trails across the back.

5

This image shows how using threads of different weights can create differences between dense and light areas which can be used to shade your designs.

Compressed lace (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

Related Stitches

Identifying Compressed lace (pattern)

‚ÄčEach stitch is over two threads of the canvas

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.150
  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010)