Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery

A course by Gimena Romero
Artist and researcher. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/05/2018
, Artist and researcher

Discover a traditional English embroidery technique and create a unique piece from historical patterns

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (256)
  • 5779 students
Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery

Discover a traditional English embroidery technique and create a unique piece from historical patterns

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (256)
  • 5779 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 40m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Blackwork is a traditional English embroidery technique of almost always geometric designs, traditionally used to adorn garments and that, although its name seems to indicate the opposite, not only is made in black, but historically there are applications of blackwork in blue, green and metallic colors.

In this course you will take the blackwork to the XXI century by the hand of Gimena Romero, artist of the thread, who will explain the historical context of this practice, and then guide you in the process of creating your own sample of patterns classic and contemporary.

If you do not know Gimena, we also recommend her other two courses: Techniques of experimental embroidery on paper and Painting with thread: textile illustration techniques

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials, samples of pieces and types of pattern
  • U3
    U3. Open patterns
  • U4
    U4. Average patterns
  • U5
    U5. Closed patterns
  • U6
    U6. Application of gradients
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start getting to know Gimena and why she chose to learn blackwork at the British Royal School of Needlework, and what the implications of this have been in her work. You will also know their influences within this world.

You will pass a list of the materials you will need to work, one by one. Then, Gimena will show you some of the pieces she has done in blackwork to inspire you.

You will know the types of patterns - open, medium and closed - as well as their uses and types of applications.

Once the patterns are known, you will begin to experiment with them. First you will make several types of open patterns, among which are plumage, mosquitoes and tessellation.

Then you will see the middle patterns, including the lace or lace, the diamond eyelet and the waffle .

You will also make a tour of the closed patterns: herringbone darning, T blocks and harlequin .

You will continue your learning by exploring the gradients application. You will know what are the characteristics that a pattern must have in order to be applied in blackwork , how to transfer it and how to apply shadows.

Finally, you will learn to apply gradients to the patterns seen previously and on the final piece.

What is this course's project?

You will create a sample of patterns and a piece with an applied pattern.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in embroidery and its history as an artistic technique.

What you need

You do not need previous knowledge of embroidery, since Gimena will guide you step by step throughout the process.

The materials you will need are: perlé threads of 8, 12 and mouliné (all of the same color), needles without tips of 24 and 22, embroidery scissors, Monaco or aida of a color that makes contrast with your threads, 9 racks that are at least number 17, a slate frame or wooden frame for the final project, textile pen and a base for slate frame (optional).


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Gimena Romero

A course by Gimena Romero

Artist and researcher

Artist and writer based in Mexico City and Barcelona. He has trained in different schools in Mexico, Spain and France and has received numerous awards and mentions at an international level. His work has been hosted in various exhibitions in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, France, Portugal, Ukraine and Spain. He has different publications in narrative, poetry and textile research with Thule Ediciones and Editorial Gustavo Gili. His book 'Hebra de Agua' was selected as book of the year in 2016 at the Teixim la ciutat festival, held in Catalonia. He has also done a body and embroidery research with lausan embroidery at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UNAM, in Mexico. Love life, dogs and cookies.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials, samples of pieces and types of pattern

    • Review of materials
    • Samples of pieces made in study with this technique
    • Types of Patterns
  • U3

    Open patterns

    • Plumage
    • Mosquitoes
    • Tessellated
  • U4

    Average patterns

    • Lace
    • Diamond Eyelet
    • Waffle
  • U5

    Closed patterns

    • Herringbone Darning
    • "T" Blocks
    • Harlequin
  • U6

    Application of gradients

    • How should be a pattern for blackwork?
    • How to transfer a blackwork pattern?
    • Outline of shadows
    • Work by levels
  • FP

    Final project

    • Blackwork

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Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery. A Craft course by Gimena Romero

Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery

A course by Gimena Romero
Artist and researcher. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/05/2018
  • 98% Positive reviews (256)
  • 5779 students