This page will hopefully answer some of the most
frequently asked questions.
Q: Can I
choose which fabric is in my kits?
Yes, we offer either Aida 14 count or 28 count evenweave
tell us which you would like by choosing from the drop
down box before
you place your order.
Q: I if
choose evenweave will my finished stitching be a
No. On 28 count the designs are stitched over two fabric
(rather than one Aida block) making the finished size the
Q: I haven't
done any blackwork before, will I be able to do it?
A: Blackwork is easy; if you can do counted cross stitch
you should find blackwork simple enough. Try the online
classes to see if you like blackwork. Then you can
move on to the Starter
Kits with unique coloured guidelines to help you
work the patterns reversibly. You can also check out
Carol?s book ?Blackwork
Stitch-by-Stitch? for a whole library of fill
patterns and further information on the technique.
Q: I have
enjoyed the online blackwork classes, how do I tackle
a larger piece?
Like cross stitch, the best place to start is in the
in blackwork it is easier to work the outlines first, then
patterns, so find the outline nearest to the centre and
there. Outline the smallest area in the centre first, to
make sure your
counting is accurate and it meets up where it should. Then
section that joins on to this area. You can continue
outlining at this
stage or start to work the fills. I recommend getting
started on the
fills just in case they throw up any errors in the
outlines at this
blackwork have to be reversible?
No. Only patterns with continuous lines can be worked so
that the back
and front are alke. Backstitch can be used if
reversibility is not
important to the project. However, it is fun to produce a
piece of work and not as difficult as you might imagine
(check the online
classes to try it yourself.)
I have purchased the Marina blackwork chart from you
and it is
gorgeous. I would like to get started asap, but I only
threads. Could you offer any suggestions as
alternatives to the Light
Variegated and Dark Variegated threads suggested?
design, as you know, the tail and sea have been
designed using the
House of Embroidery hand dyed threads, which we can
supply on request.
However, as you are keen to get started our
suggestion for alternative
DMC numbers would be: 500 for the tail if you want
to keep the bluey
turquoise look, or 934 if you want to go more green
toned. For the sea
either 503 or 504 would work well if you have them.
To get the
variegated appearance you could try ?tweeding? two
i.e. using one strand of two different colours at
the same time.
Q: Do you
send orders overseas?
Yes, we will send anywhere in the world. Shipping will be
cost to overseas destinations so therefore, we suggest
payment is made
by credit card.
Q: What age
are the "Little One" kits suitable for?
We have stitchers of all ages trying the Little Ones; from
7 up to over
90! They are great for beginners, but also make ideal
quick projects to
slot in between your major pieces of needlework. They are,
wonderful for carrying around to stitch in odd moments