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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

I LOVE BLACKWORK – A free chart for blackwork lovers

Free Blackwork Chart Ajisai Press

Anyone who loves blackwork embroidery will certainly enjoy this little freebie! :-)

We used it to decorate a thread keeper, but it would also be cute framed, mounted on the lid of a wooden box, or finished as a pincushion.

Blackwork thread keeper AjisaiPress

Here is the chart… Happy stitching!

FREE blackwork AjisaiPressI LOVE BLACKWORK

Stitch count: 40 width x 40 height

Each square on the graph represents two threads of evenweave fabric or one block of Aida

Embroidery size:

On 28 ct evenweave fabric (stitched over 2 threads) or 14 ct Aida: 7,3 x 7,3 cm
On 32 ct evenweave fabric (stitched over 2 threads) or 16 ct Aida: 6,35 x 6,35 cm

Chart key:

___  Outlines and text: Holbein Stitch in 2 strands of black stranded cotton

___  Blackwork pattern: Holbein Stitch in 1 strand of black stranded cotton

___  Thread wrapped around the bobbin: Satin Stitch in 2 strands of black stranded cotton

 

 

New design featured in RicAmare magazine

Long-tailed Rosefinch on RicAmare magazine

RicAmare - May 2016

A new blackwork and cross stitch design by Valentina Sardu is featured in the latest issue of RicAmare, out today in Italy.

 


Pictures left and above:

RicAmare – May 2016
The chart for the Long-tailed Rosefinch design
is currently available exclusively
in this month’s issue of the magazine


 

UPDATE – June 2017

The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Long-Tailed Rosefinch

Valentina Sardu’s blackwork embroidery on the cover of RicAmare magazine

RicAmare - March 2016. The chart for the Amaryllis design is currently available exclusively in this month's issue of the magazine

RicAmare – March 2016

 

We are pleased and proud to see the new blackwork design by Valentina Sardu, “Amaryllis”, featured in the March issue of the Italian magazine RicAmare.

The original model, stitched personally by Valentina, will be on display from 3rd to 6th March 2016 at the Creattiva craft fair in Bergamo, Italy, at the stand of the magazine’s publishing company (Edizioni Femminili, stand 64, pavilion B). For more details about this event, visit: http://www.fieracreattiva.it/bergamo-creattiva/en/


UPDATE – January 2017

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