Reversible Blackwork

Every month my local EGA runs a special program at their general meeting. The program for the night meeting in August was reversible blackwork.

The pattern provided is located on the EGA website (you have to be a member of EGA to access it). One of our members is an expert on blackwork and does a lot of reversible blackwork. After her demonstration, we all got started.

This is the front of my work. In total, I ripped this 3 times – this is my fourth attempt and so far, fingers crossed, it is going well. I am using a 28ct pewter cashel linen stitched over two.

This is a closeup of the pattern.

Here is the back of my work. It’s pretty much the same except you can see a darker, thicker line where I had to weave in my ends. At our next meeting, I’ll ask about that.

And here is the closeup of the back that really shows the ends woven in. This has been (I’m not finished yet) a very interesting experience and not one I could duplicate without help. The instructions are amazing with the stitching pathway clearly shown. I’d love to do more of this, but it’s going to take quite a bit of mental gymnastics to make it work.

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