Ajisai Designs

CMYKwork. A four-colour interpretation of blackwork embroidery

CMYK. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black.

In the four-colour printing, the entire spectrum of colours is reproduced with only these four colours, simply layering them one over the other.

Taking inspiration from this process, Valentina Sardu studied an interesting variation of her favourite embroidery technique… She calls it “CMYKwork”…

Blackwork embroidery is traditionally monochrome, but it lends itself to many creative variations!

Here you can see the first result of this study: Soap Bubbles, a new design achieved after several tries, exploring various combinations of primary and neutral colours.

This new design is now available on our webshop!


Blackwork Design: Soap Bubbles
Blackwork and cross stitch design by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs

A girl, embroidered in traditional blackwork, blows delicate and ethereal soap bubbles in rainbow colours. An optical illusion achieved exclusively by overlapping geometric motifs in the three primary colours (yellow, cyan and magenta) and white.

Product type: Blackwork chart
Stitch count: 390 x 167
Stitches: Holbein Stitch
Instructions in English, French and Italian

PDF printable version / version PDF a imprimer / versione stampabile in PDF
Price: €13,00

Another “Best Buys” feature in The World of Cross Stitching!

The World of Cross Stitching – issue 251

What a pleasure to be featured on The World of Cross Stitching again!
Our Swallowtail Butterflies design has been included in the “Best Buys” section of this month’s issue of the magazine (#251).

Click here to take a look at the whole Butterflies Collection.


Blackwork Clematis on RicAmare magazine

We are really happy to start this new year with a new design featured in the January issue of the Italian magazine RicAmare!

Here is for you a preview of this wonderful blackwork piece, together with the original drawing by Valentina Sardu:


Pictures left and above:

RicAmare – January 2017
The chart for the Clematis design

is currently available exclusively
in this month’s issue of the magazine

UPDATE – January 2018

The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Clematis


Snail Family (RicAmare – October 2016)

How cute are these blackwork snails from the October issue of RicAmare magazine?


The cushion will be on display during the Fall edition of Creattiva fair in Bergamo, Italy, from 6th to 9th October 2016 (Pavilion B, Stand 64 – Edizioni Femminili).

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Pictures left and above:

RicAmare – October 2016
The chart for the Snail Family design

is currently available exclusively
in this month’s issue of the magazine