Ann Strite-Kurz
CASK7 The Heart of Blackwork
Ann Strite-Kurz - The Heart of Blackwork
Instructor: Ann Strite-Kurz
Title: The Heart of Blackwork-CASK#7
Technique: Unconventional Blackwork Patterns on Canvas
Level: Advanced Intermediate
Class Length: Two-Day Class
Kit Price: $48.00
Ground: 23-mesh OOE Congress cloth
Finished Size: 13.5" square
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Course Description: This elegant heart design was planned as the cover of my book, The Heart of Blackwork, which was published in June, 1992. The book, as well as this class, focuses on unconventional blackwork techniques and on certain refinements that improve the appearance of reversible blackwork patterns. The design has examples of original blackwork treatments that include irregular stitch lengths and composite patterns that combine blackwork with exposed canvas patterns, couching overlays, and "simulated darning." The design includes patterns that use "merged stitches" to make lines more attractive, and sequences are manipulated to keep the stitches from shifting in the open holes as they are laid.

All of the patterns in the design will be executed in the reversible technique. Some class time will be spent focusing on the development of original blackwork patterns and on my methods of charting sequences that provide optimum visual satisfaction. This elimination of the inherent glitches of the double running or reversible method of executing blackwork has been the hallmark of my experimentation and is useful in handling other types of stitch sequences as well.

The threads used are floss and pearl cotton in two sizes, and some Coronet braid and Kreinik metallics in two sizes. Two types of beads will be added as special accents to three of the patterns as well.

COLOR CHOICE: Four combinations offered - burgundy-mauve with silver metallic (pink canvas), blue-silver (blue canvas), red/coral-gold (sand canvas) or teal/aqua-gold (sand canvas).

PREWORK: Heart outline must be completed prior to class. Choice of three stitches for this step. Estimated time: 15-25 hours depending on stitch chosen.

1. To introduce students to unconventional styles of blackwork patterns.
2. To show students a variety of ways to keep reversible blackwork patterns uniform by manipulating the sequences and planting the needle strategically on the return trip to avoid crooked stitches.
3. To share other refinements in doing the double running technique.
4. To share concepts in the development of composite patterns, using combinations of open canvas treatments with couching and blackwork accents.
5. To teach ways to add beads as part of a stitch sequence - upright and/or diagonal stitches.

TEACHER PROVIDES: All materials needed to execute the design, a colored photograph, the mail-ahead segment, and a comprehensive instruction booklet.

STUDENT PROVIDES: An 18" stretcher frame, a clamp or weight to secure the frame to a table, a laying tool, embroidery scissors, and a needle threader along with a lamp/magnifier, if needed.

TEACHER'S CLASSROOM NEEDS: Blackboard, eraser, and chalk preferred (marker board acceptable alternative). U-shape arrangement for student tables if possible. Need large table somewhere for exhibit of visual aids. Small table in front near board for teacher's notebook and stitched model.


Ann's Patterns/Books
Flurry of Butterflies ASK1
Tease Time ASK2
Double Ring Ceremony ASK3
Wrendominiums ASK4
Flower Power ASK5
Kimono Maiden ASK6
Underwater Ballet ASK7
Oriental Butterfly ASK8
Dresden Heart ASK9
Just Plain Folks ASK10
Espalier Angels ASK11
Mr.Snojangles ASK12
Mrs. Snojangles ASK13
Milanese Mutations ASK14
Milanese Medley ASK15
Hungarian Hoopla ASK16
Hungarian Hootenanny ASK17
Opalescence ASK18
Hungarian Hoedown ASK19
Octofleur ASK20
Twickenham ASK21
Tivoli ASK22
Diaper Patterns ASK23
Fanciful Floral ASK24
Creative Canvas Couching ASK25
Friendship Heart ASK26
Angelina ASK27
Santa Sampler ASK28
Red Japanese Lantern ASK29
Bayou Bullfrogs ASK30
Mosaic Magic ASK31
Miss Winter Carnival ASK32
Antlers in the Treetops ASK33
Kokopelli - The Merry Minstrel ASK34
Tis the Season ASK35
Blackwork Butterfly ASK36
Candlelight ASK37
Catching the Breeze ASK38
Clowning Around ASK39
Midnight Oil & Great Balls ASK40
Tiny Tannenbaums ASK41
Blue Oriental Lantern ASK42
Pineapple Parfait ASK43
My Fair Ladies ASK44
Ruby Razzle Dazzle ASK45
Autumn Sunset
ASK 46
The Heart of Blackwork BASK1
Potpourri of Pattern BASK2
Canvas Appliqué BASK3
Variations and Mutations BASK4
Science/Canvas BASK5
Diaper Patterns BASK6
Backgrounds-The Finishing Touch BASK7
Borders and Bands Book BASK8
Creative Canvas Couching BASK9
Diaper Patterns BASK10
Needle Notes BASK11
Potpourri of Pattern EncoreBASK12


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