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Blackwork Embroidery Kits

Blackwork is a form of embroidery that is sometimes known as Spanish work. It was thought to have been brought to England from Spain by Catherine of Aragon when she married Prince Arthur, the eldest son of King Henry VII. It was often used to decorate shirts, cuffs, ruffs and smocks for both ladies and gentlemen. Blackwork is a counted thread technique and, as the name suggests, is traditonally worked in black thread on white fabric. Today it is often worked in multiple or other single colours. A bit of metallic thread can add something quite special to a design. Many modern blackwork designs are geometric but also often create a picture. The geometric patterns are perhaps a better starting point if you've not tried the craft before - especially those worked in blocks as the beginner kits from Doodlecraft Design are. Blackwork traditionally uses two types of stitching - outline and filling. Back stitch and Holbein stitch (a double running stitch - go one way and return to fill in the gaps) are popular for working outlines. The filling stitches generally consist of a single motif which is repeated to form a pattern. Many stitches are used - sometimes cross stitch or running stitch.

We stock blackwork embroidery kits from a variety of suppliers, including Bothy Threads, The Steady Thread and Doodlecraft Design.


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Adventures in Geometry 2 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Adventures in Geometry 2 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Adventures in Geometry 3 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Adventures in Geometry 3 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Adventures in Geometry 4 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Adventures in Geometry 4 Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Bee

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Bee

A modern take on blackwork, this kit features a delicate bee in geometric patterns. Kit includes: An..

£8.05 £10.30 Ex Tax: £6.71

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Geometric Circles

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Geometric Circles

A modern take on blackwork, this kit features circles in a striking, geometric pattern. Kit includes..

£8.05 £10.30 Ex Tax: £6.71

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Geometric Triangles

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Geometric Triangles

A modern take on blackwork, this kit features circles in a striking, geometric pattern. Kit includes..

£8.05 £10.30 Ex Tax: £6.71

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Moth

Anchor Blackwork Kit - Moth

A modern take on blackwork, this kit features a delicate moth in geometric patterns. Kit includes: A..

£8.05 £10.30 Ex Tax: £6.71

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Blue Tit

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Blue Tit

A modern cross stitch design, with blackwork embroidery elements, based on an original bird print by..

£17.34 £22.18 Ex Tax: £14.45

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Gold Finch

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Gold Finch

A modern cross stitch design, with blackwork embroidery elements, based on an original bird print by..

£17.34 £22.18 Ex Tax: £14.45

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Nut Hatch

Anchor Counted Cross Stitch/Blackwork Kit - Ashley Hutchinson : Nut Hatch

A modern cross stitch design, with blackwork embroidery elements, based on an original bird print by..

£17.34 £22.18 Ex Tax: £14.45

Bee Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Bee Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

A mini blackwork kit - the perfect starter design of a bee.Finished size: 6.4 x 6.4cm (2.5 x 2.5 inc..

£3.07 £3.98 Ex Tax: £2.56

Blackwork Highland Cow Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Blackwork Highland Cow Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This beautiful Highland Cow design is a great addition to the Tribal range. It is stitched only in b..

£27.72 £36.00 Ex Tax: £23.10

Butterfly Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Butterfly Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

A mini blackwork kit - the perfect starter design of a butterfly.Finished size: 6.4 x 6.4cm (2.5 x 2..

£3.07 £3.98 Ex Tax: £2.56

Cherry Blossom Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Cherry Blossom Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Circles Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Circles Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Daffodils Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Daffodils Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Daffodils Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads Stitched on white 14 count Aida using stranded cotto..

£17.04 £28.49 Ex Tax: £14.20

Dandelions Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Dandelions Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Elements - Earth Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Elements - Earth Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This design is one from the 'Elements in Blackwork' collection. The kit includes full instructions, ..

£19.99 £35.00 Ex Tax: £16.66

Horse Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Horse Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

A beautiful horse design from the 'Tribal' range, it is stitched in Blackwork and one strand of thr..

£13.99 £21.50 Ex Tax: £11.66

Introduction to Blackwork kit - no. 2  - Doodlecraft Design

Introduction to Blackwork kit - no. 2  - Doodlecraft Design

This 'Introduction to Blackwork Number 2' gives you a taster of this beautiful embroidery type and p..

£5.01 £6.50 Ex Tax: £4.17

Introduction to Blackwork kit - no. 3  - Doodlecraft Design

Introduction to Blackwork kit - no. 3  - Doodlecraft Design

This 'Introduction to Blackwork Number 3' gives you a taster of this beautiful embroidery type and p..

£5.01 £6.50 Ex Tax: £4.17

Introduction to Blackwork Kit - no.1 -Doodlecraft Design

Introduction to Blackwork Kit - no.1 -Doodlecraft Design

This 'Introduction to Blackwork Number 1' gives you a taster of this beautiful embroidery type and p..

£5.01 £6.50 Ex Tax: £4.17

Introduction to Colour and Shape Blackwork Kit -  Doodlecraft Design

Introduction to Colour and Shape Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

If you have tried the Simple Introduction to Blackwork or have done some blackwork before, this kit ..

£6.98 £11.50 Ex Tax: £5.82

Irises Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Irises Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Irises Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads Stitched on white 14 count Aida using stranded cotton, m..

£17.04 £28.49 Ex Tax: £14.20

Kangaroo Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Kangaroo Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Kangaroo is stitched in blackwork and one strand of thread. A smaller design and a great way to prac..

£12.98 £20.00 Ex Tax: £10.82

Koalas Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Koalas Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Koalas is stitched in blackwork and one strand of thread. A smaller design and a great way to practi..

£15.40 £20.00 Ex Tax: £12.83

Kookaburra Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Kookaburra Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Kookaburra is stitched in blackwork and one strand of thread. A smaller design and a great way to pr..

£12.98 £20.00 Ex Tax: £10.82

Ladybird Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Ladybird Mini Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

A mini blackwork kit - the perfect starter design of a ladybird.Finished size: 6.4 x 6.4cm (2.5 x 2...

£3.07 £3.98 Ex Tax: £2.56

Leafy Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Leafy Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£19.13 £22.50 Ex Tax: £15.94

Leafy Hexagon Needle Minder - The Steady Thread

Leafy Hexagon Needle Minder - The Steady Thread

A beautiful needle minder with a blackwork design, made from long last hard enamel with strong magne..

£7.22 £8.50 Ex Tax: £6.02

Little Adventures in Geometry Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Little Adventures in Geometry Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Octopus Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

Octopus Blackwork Kit - The Steady Thread

This beautiful blackwork kit comes extremely well presented in a box, with the contents tissue wrapp..

£15.72 £18.49 Ex Tax: £13.10

Orchid Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Orchid Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Orchid Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads Stitched on white 14 count Aida using stranded cotton, m..

£17.04 £28.49 Ex Tax: £14.20

Owl on Antique White Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Owl on Antique White Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This owl design is one from the 'Tribal' range, it is stitched in Blackwork and one strand of thread..

£27.72 £36.00 Ex Tax: £23.10

Peacock in Blue Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Peacock in Blue Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This beautiful Peacock is designed in blackwork and stitched in a mixture of DMC Etoile threads, str..

£19.99 £28.99 Ex Tax: £16.66

Poppy Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Poppy Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Poppy Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads Stitched on white 14 count Aida using stranded cotton, ..

£17.04 £28.49 Ex Tax: £14.20

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Lace Poppies

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Lace Poppies

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Lace Poppies Kit contains 14 count black Zweigart fabric, cotton thread, need..

£19.19 £23.99 Ex Tax: £15.99

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Mysterious Rose

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Mysterious Rose

Riolis Blackwork Kit - Mysterious Rose The kit contains Zweigart 14 count white aida fabric, Anchor ..

£15.99 £19.99 Ex Tax: £13.33

Riolis Cross Stitch Blackwork Kit - City on Water

Riolis Cross Stitch Blackwork Kit - City on Water

Riolis Cross Stitch Blackwork Kit - City on Water This counted cross stitch and blackwork design fro..

£21.59 £26.99 Ex Tax: £17.99

Rose Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Rose Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads

Rose Blackwork Kit - Bothy ThreadsIrises Blackwork Kit - Bothy Threads Stitched on white 14..

£17.04 £28.49 Ex Tax: £14.20

Seasons Panels - Autumn  Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Autumn Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Autumn Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs This kit contains: 14 count ivory aid..

£12.99 £19.99 Ex Tax: £10.83

Seasons Panels - Spring  Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Spring Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Spring Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs..

£12.99 £19.99 Ex Tax: £10.83

Seasons Panels - Summer  Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Summer Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Summer Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs This kit contains: 14 count ivory aid..

£12.99 £19.99 Ex Tax: £10.83

Seasons Panels - Winter Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Winter Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs

Seasons Panels - Winter Blackwork Kit by Derwentwater Designs This kit contains: 14 count ivory aida..

£12.99 £19.99 Ex Tax: £10.83

Skull on Black Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Skull on Black Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This skull with flowers design is one from the 'Tribal' range, it is stitched in Blackwork on black ..

£19.99 £32.00 Ex Tax: £16.66

Small Owl Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Small Owl Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This owl design is one from the 'Tribal' range, it is stitched in Blackwork and one strand of thread..

£20.02 £25.99 Ex Tax: £16.68

Sparkling Unicorn Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Sparkling Unicorn Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

This Unicorn design is stitched in DMC Etoile and Light Effects threads to give it a real sparkle. T..

£19.99 £32.00 Ex Tax: £16.66

Stitch-your-Own Backgammon with Celtic Theme - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch-your-Own Backgammon with Celtic Theme - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch-your-Own Backgammon with Celtic Theme - Doodlecraft DesignThe kit includes full instructions,..

£23.99 £37.50 Ex Tax: £19.99

Stitch-your-Own Chess Board Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch-your-Own Chess Board Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch your very own chess board with this fabulous design using Coloris threads so no colour change..

£25.99 £40.00 Ex Tax: £21.66

Stitch-your-Own Dragons & Beanstalks Board Blackwork Kit  - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch-your-Own Dragons & Beanstalks Board Blackwork Kit - Doodlecraft Design

Stitch your very own snakes and ladders board using this design, but with beanstalks and dragons! Yo..

£28.99 £44.50 Ex Tax: £24.16

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