Blackwork Heart

 

Blackwork Heart

Blackwork Heart by Nanette Costa

Designed and Stitched by Nanette Costa

Materials List:

  • 8″ x 8″ 18-count mono canvas in white or the color of your choice
  • 2 sets of 8″ stretcher bars, tacks to attach canvas to bars
  • #26 tapestry needles
  • 1 reel Kreinick #4 very vine braid, color #002, gold, or 001 silver
  • Optional 1 skein #5 black pearl cotton or color of your choice
  • 1 ball #8 black pearl cotton or color of your choice

Step One

Find the center of your canvas by running basting threads from corner to opposite corner. The intersection is the center of your canvas.

Count down 29 threads from center to begin the heart outline. Outline heart using 1 strand #5 pearl cotton or 2 strands #8 pearl cotton.

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Step Two

Using double running method, work vertical grid using 1 strand #8 pearl cotton.

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Step 3

Using double running method, work horizontal stitches with 1 strand #8 pearl cotton.

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Step 4

Using double running method, work the diagonal grids using 1 strand #8 pearl cotton.

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Step 5

Using double running method, work the cross stitches using 1 strand #8 pearl cotton. Work entirely in one direction first, then cross the stitch in the other direction.

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