Friday, 27 July 2007


Greetings fellow Drachenwald embroiderers. I am Lady Lia de Thornegge, normally residing in the shire of Aros in Nordmark. Racaire enjoined us to introduce ourselves and our favourite stitch, so I am here to say I love counted blackwork embroidery using Holbein stitch making the entire thing reversible.

This stitch is worked using silk thread on even weave linen in geometric patterns. There are loads to be found on the 'net and more to be found in books, Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd by Janet Arnold, being one of the latter. As that title suggests this is a stitch most famous in the Elizabethan era, where it creates a striking pattern with black on white for very little effort. I've made a few items of clothing incorporating blackwork embroidery and they can be seen on my webpage, along with a couple of other items:

I am currently working on a set of collar and cuffs that is due to go on a shirt of this period (mid to late 16th Century). I am not keeping it for myself, rather it is a little encouragement gift for a lady living in the middle of nowhere (as far as the SCA is concerned) whom I would like to see in late period clothing. I am crafty that way.


Anya said...

Hey, I love the whitework on your website...can you tell me your sources for whitework patterns? I'm planning on doing some on a smock I'm making.

Lia de Thornegge said...

about my whitework, I look at the pattern books that were widely distributed during the period (16th century mostly) and pick one I like the look of. They were published with fairly general intentions. You could either paint them as a border, embroider them in any number of styles or use them as lace-patterns.

The whitework on my partlet was taken from the Egenolff Modelbuch, I believe, which you can find online at
It's a reprint of a publication done in 1527, but likely the patterns had been around for a while before that even. And continued to be used for another decades.

Hope that's of help :)