Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blackwork Basket

Today I put in my last stitch on the last block of the Blackwork Baskets.   I started these around mid January, 2008.  That year I completed several of them and then for some reason I don't remember.... I put them away and didn't get them out again until Bonnie challenged us to take just one hour a day and sit with needle and thread.  That did it for me.  Now let me show you all of the baskets together. 

I've been playing around with EQ and have come up with a couple of colorways that I'm pondering.  The background fabric that I've used for the baskets is a white on cream.  For all these many years I've always thought I'd set the blocks in black.  But while I was playing with the layout it suddenly dawned on me to try the opposite of black.  So I'm thinking creams and off whites might be the way to go. 

What do you think? 
Now you have to pretend the block backgrounds are cream instead of grey.  And I couldn't get them to rotate the way they should be but I think you can get the idea. 

Thanks for stopping by....Linda


  1. I was immediately drawn to the cream and black! I really like the dimension of the black...
    Really nice blocks, BTW

  2. I think I like option #2 best. It keeps the embroidery as the star, but gives it a bit of punch.

  3. Congratulations on finishing the blocks! That must feel good. I like the idea of the lighter setting. Either will look stunning. Can't wait to see what you end up doing.

  4. OOOOOOOOHHHH!!! Beautiful blocks!! I like the second setting - VERY dramatic! I think that - if you have always thought of setting it in black - and then you set it in cream instead - it may never look "right" to you. Just my two cents - ;))

  5. Congratulations!
    Fabulous blocks!
    I think the black setting is more dramatic, but the lighter setting might feature the handwork blocks better?


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