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Historically, blackwork, (or "Spanish Work") was a popular form of embroidery in Europe from as early as 1500. Chaucer mentions it in his Canterbury Tales, "Of white, too, was the dainty smock she wore, embroidered at the collar all about with coal-black silk, alike within and out."
Blackwork on linen was a common domestic embroidery technique for clothing and household items such as cushion covers during the reign of Elizabeth I, but fell out of fashion by the 17th century. Very few samples of antique blackwork survive today because the iron-based dye used was corrosive to the thread.
My blackwork ornament features a little (approx. 4"x 6")rabbit cross stitched with rich black thread on khaki colored onasburg cloth for an antique appearance. The back of the ornament is a black and khaki quality cotton calico. I have added a black ribbon for hanging.
This ornament is my own design...drawn, digitized, and machine-sewn by me in my little Ohio cottage!
Ohio addresses will need to add 6.5% sales tax.
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