Blackwork has been used for centuries to adorn clothing and linens. It was first mentioned by Chaucer in "The Cantebury Tales", and was popularised in England by Catherine of Aragon when she became Henry VIII's first wife. As with all needlework, styles and fashions have changed over the years, but the basic concept of geometric patterns in high contrast with the background fabric has always remained popular.

In the Blackwork Collections, you will find something for all tastes, from beginner to the expert and from the traditional to the more contemporary.

Sampler collection / Collection marquoirs

Jardins d'amour

Stitch a garden for spring! This beautiful blackwork knot garden is based on the formal gardens at the Chateau of Villandry, France.

Click for more details

See stitched models in the gallery

Sampler collection / Collection marquoirs

Juliet

. . . . And Juliet loves her Romeo. In her Famous speech from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, our young heroine lets Romeo know her true feelings for him.

Click for more details

Sampler collection / Collection marquoirs

Romeo

All the world loves a lover, and there is none more famous than Romeo! This cross stitch and blackwork design frames the most famous love speech from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Romeo loves his Juliet . . . .

Click for more details