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Blackwork Owl by Magical525 Blackwork Owl by Magical525
When I was in the UK last week I also treated myself to one little kit while we were in Liberty's - I was having a hard time choosing between the blackwork Owl and the picture of Liberty's and so I asked the kids which to choose. They decided I should get the blackwork owl. This is my first ever blackwork piece and I made it in less than an afternoon. I was pretty daunted by this as I hate backstitches with a vengeance however it wasn't as bad as I feared.

The kit is Jane Greenoff's Blackwork Beasts - Owl.
It's 3 x 2 1/2" / 6 x 8 cm.
It's mainly black with gold highlights and green cross stitches for the branch.
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
This is really well done! I love contrast of the black and gold thread. 
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) I agree it really does make a great difference to the piece :)
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's really neat! Maybe someday I'll have to try this blackwork business.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) Yes you should - it's actually fun :)
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If I ever find time...
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I you find any please let me know where you found it as I too could use some more :)
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ha ha ha. I think the only way is with a time-turner and last I checked it was only useable on Hogwarts grounds.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Curses :(
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good choice ;)
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D I have to agree that I rather like this more than I liked the Liberty building one :)
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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sunc1ca Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student
I love it! :)
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool work:icondojimathumbsupplz:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:
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SilverSeam Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I love blackwork! :heart: so fun and easy to do.

You've done a lovely job.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had to concentrate a lot to get it right - not used to the shapes and patterns it uses for this but I expect it all gets easier with time :)

Thank you :)
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SilverSeam Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
it does check out this link for a wonderful author of blackwork patterns and it's history.

[link]

I have begun collecting her books on the subject :D
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)

I did find this web page while looking around : [link] which has a nice free to download blackwork filling pattern book :)

I can't blame you her work looks lovely :)
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SilverSeam Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
thank you for sharing that link. I will put my needle to that as soon as I finish a few other things! :heart:
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :) I wasn't sure if you knew about it yet but I do believe that it's good to share free online resources where possible :)
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mivanova Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I also hate backstitches but you did very elegant work!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think what made this different was that although there are some elements of backstitching it doesn't feel like backstitching at all. The outlines were done with a double running stitch which made that more bearable too :) Thanks :)
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's spiffy! I really need to try some different kinds of embroidery than cross-stitch...
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Magical525 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) It is nice to try something else now and then and this was really fast to make too! :D
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