The Elizabethan blackwork embroidery style came frame the era of Queen Elizabeth. Many of the portraits seen today have her dressed in elegant gowns with this style of embroidery embellishing areas of her gowns.
The most familiar person any of us may remember this type of embroidery work from is Queen Elizabeth. On many of her gowns were hand embroidered by countrymen who gave her these types of embroidered pieces on New Year’s Day. This was done because they were trying to get on her good side.1
With Queen Elizabeth’s taste in fashion, this style of embellishment lead to a fashion trend in England. The hand crafted embroidered pieces caught the eye of this queen who started her own trend for her time on Earth.2
While you may not want to hand embroidery a full gown in Elizabethan blackwork embroidery, you may find other uses for this style of embroidery. For example, I had seen the Elizabethan blackwork embroidery patterns on long sleeve shirts before. Some of the long sleeve shirts I have seen the Elizabethan embroidery on has been the regular button up the front shirts many of you may be familiar with. Other shirts I have seen this type of embroidery on are the ones seen in Forest Gump at the war rally scene in that movie. I have also seen it on long sundresses.
Those are just a few examples of clothing I have seen in person, in movies, and on television. However, I don’t know why these types of embroidery patterns couldn’t be worked into bedding, curtains, heavy draperies, towels, and other home decor items.
With these few clothing items in mind, why not try your creative hand a try with the home decor items mentioned in the above paragraph.
Free Printable Elizabethan Blackwork Embroidery Patterns
Elizabethan Blackwork – The Blackwork Embroidery Archives by Paula Kate Marmor
I didn’t count how many patterns Paula has listed on each of the links. There is one link for a pomegranate work shirt on the page above. There is a picture of a man wearing one shirt with multiple colors using some of the Elizabethan blackwork embroidery patterns. He is holding a second shirt embroidered in black.
There are several links below the updates on the website above to find the Elizabethan blackwork embroidery patterns. You will need to click on the name of the links for patterns to be taken to the page they are listed. To print, use the printing and downloading instructions at the bottom of the page.
Paula Kate Marmor has provided information on the blackwork stitches under the reference section. This is located in the area with the links for the embroidery patterns.
NOTE: Check out the first source link below. There are more Elizabethan blackwork patterns listed throughout the Online Resources section at the bottom of the page.
Rissa Peace Root; A Blackwork Embroidery Primer; Prettyimpressivestuff.com1
Drea Leed; Queen Elizabeth’s Influence on Elizabethan Fashion; Elizabethancostume.net2