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Looking for Free Blackwork Embroidery Patterns?


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If you enjoy blackwork – or if you haven’t tried it but are keen to – here’s a wonderful online resource for an extensive collection of blackwork filling patterns – and it’s free!

Free Blackwork Embroidery Patterns

Kim over at String or Nothing has put together a four-part PDF just loaded with blackwork patterns. You can download all four PDFs straight from her website, and then print the patterns and use them for your personal blackwork pursuits.

Free Blackwork Embroidery Patterns

The fillings are presented in uniform square plates, and there are about 220 of them to choose from! Some of the plates fill a perfect square, too, so they’d be great for biscornu-making, ornaments, and the like.

Free Blackwork Embroidery Patterns

If you’re wanting to stitch up something with an autumn theme, look for patterns like the one above that include acorns and leaves.

Do drop by String or Nothing this weekend and download this nice collection of free blackwork filling patterns! You’ll be glad you did!

I’ve added Kim’s book to my Books page here on Needle ‘n Thread, where you’ll find all the needlework books I’ve reviewed, and – if you scroll down – you’ll also find some of my favorite free online embroidery books. If you’re looking for something to browse through this weekend, there’s nothing in the world quite like good embroidery books!

Also, if you’re interested in seeing how to develop your own blackwork designs, you might take a look at these two articles here on Needle ‘n Thread:

Blackwork Design Development: Variations on a Theme
Blackwork Design Development: Further Variations

Enjoy your weekend!


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  1. Thanks for this wonderful link! Blackwork is something that I can turn to when I’m itching to stitch but not ready to commit to a project.

  2. Thank you so much Mary for posting the blackwork book information. For quite a few years I had done blackwork and I love it. This is such a great find for anyone to try this fantastic type of embroidery. Again, thanks.

  3. G’day Mary,
    This is great, thank you.
    I’ve never tried Blackwork in it’s technical sense but am always especially drawn to any reference of it and have a Blackwork folder on my computer.
    I was emailed a photo of a typewriter ‘generated’ picture that reminded me of Blackwork. I’ll forward it, although you’ve probably seen similar or even this same one.
    Cheers, Kath.

  4. Thanks for the review! I’m flattered that you think well of the book, and delighted to be able to make this available just for the fun of stitching.

    -Kim (long time appreciative NnT lurker)

  5. Fantastic selection of patterns. I am new to black work and use it mainly for ding handmade greeting card.
    Greetings from South Africa

  6. Thanks so much for this post! I have a blackwork project in mind and need patterns specific to plant anatomy (long story). The String or Nothing pdfs are perfect! You (and Google) just made my day.

  7. Thank you so much for this link!!

    I just started an ICC through EGA on color. The stitching exercise for lesson 1 was to stitch a color wheel. I was looking for something more interesting than, say, 12 wedges of straight satin stitch. Finding such a wealth of design options all in one place made it easy for me to pick 12 different patterns, one for each color. I love how it came out!

    As always, you’re a font of knowledge/resources!

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