I have transcribed two more Elizabethan freehand blackwork embroidery patterns, both from extant smocks in the Victoria and Albert Museum collections. I was very excited to find the museum listing for the lattice pattern. I have admired the embroidery design on Pinterest for years, but the link was no longer any good and I had failed to find it on several attempts in the past. I found it the other day when looking for something else in their collections, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. I finally had confirmation that the embroidery was indeed an extant piece, rather than a modern created piece in the Elizabethan style.
One other thing that was neat to find out upon inspection of a higher resolution image, is that the latice pattern embroidery is the only example of double-running stitch I have seen used on freehand blackwork (or redwork) embroidery in period.
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These patterns and any others I have posted can also be found all in one place on the page, Freehand Blackwork Embroidery Patterns.