Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just Waiting for Part 3

While trying to decide what stitching project to jump into next, I decided to join Tanja Berlin's blackwork mystery project that she has posted on her web site.  (You can get your own copy here: )  Please note that unlike some mystery projects, the instructions do come with a photo of the piece in progress, so my photos are not giving away the surprise.

Here is a picture of the piece through parts 1 and 2.  Don't you just love the little blackwork bunnies?  (OK, the mice and birds are super cute too, but it was the bunnies that really caught my eye.)

Tanja suggests that the piece be worked with a combination of straight and backstitch, but since I like doing reversible double running, I did try to get a reversible border and bunnies.  Here's a photo of the backside showing that the border can indeed be made reversible. . . and the bunnies almost so.  For the rest of the piece, I figured I'd just do it the easy way and use the straight stitch / back stitch combo.  Not all blackwork patterns can be stitched to create an identical image on the back. . . and some of these patterns probably fall into that category.

The final part of the project is due April 1 and includes how to finish the item.  There are tantalizing notes about those medallion shapes being cut out in the Part 2 instructions, so I'm totally in the dark as to what this piece eventually will become. 


  1. oooo very pretty and love how it can be reversed on the back too ... bunnies are cute but love the mice love mouse xxxx

  2. Well done! (that sounds patronising, but the very idea of getting those little rabbits etc in the right shape and place makes me want to run away).
    ooooo....I'm looking forward to the next stage too! Tanya didn't say what the piece wouldn't be finished into, did she?

  3. ER - Thanks for the kind words. Getting things in the right spot is just a matter of counting. . . and I am a counted thread stitcher at heart, so that's kind of my thing (although remedial counting practice is sometimes needed)! And no, what the piece will eventually become is left until part 3 of the mystery. The only thing Tanja has said is that it will not be a purse flap! I must say, I am intrigued!

  4. That is gorgeous!! You did a great job ending threads...that's always the bane of my blackwork existence. =) I'm fascinated to see what it will turn into as well!