Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The June part in full detail
Part Six comes in the second row, in the seond position from the left. It features a bird watching a bee fly away. It is perched on a giant flower worked in a variety of Blackwork motifs. The dominant colors are a delicate mix of aqua blue, tangerine and orange.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The May part in full detail
Part Five comes in the second row, in the first position from the left. It features a little bird with a delicate crest on its head and a butterfly flying away. It is perched on flowers worked in a variety of Blackwork motifs. The dominant colors are a delicate mix of orange, pink and purple.
Formal elegance and casual charm
Here are some more roses, designed by Lesley Teare. One is a bunch freshly cut from the garden, and put in a little milk jug. The other is stylish and chic. Which is your favorite style?
Lesley Teare works her magic for these two stunning portraits, worked in a combination of cross stitch and Blackwork. Check out close the wonderful details of the motifs of their elaborate dress and the way the beautiful textures of the fabrics are rendered in stitches.
Here is a new portrait by Lesley Teare, of a lady shyly turning her head away. Each fabric that makes up her kimono is adorned with a distinct Blackwork pattern. Delicate hair accessories and an intricate fan add extra interest. The pattern forms a pair with another portrait, the Blackwork Oriental Beauty.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The April part in full detail
Part Four comes in the top row, in the last position on the right. It features a little bird with green wings perched on an oversize flower worked in a variety of Blackwork motifs. The dominant colors are lime green, tendeer green, tangerine and light orange.
Blackwork takes on spring colors
Who said that Blackwork had to be stitched in black? Designer Lesley Teare brilliantly demonstrates how the technique can be used with sunny and cheerful colors. Furthermore, each of these patterns combines two slightly different hues of floss to further lighten up to the stitched piece.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
A bit of a challenge: this Lesley Teare Blackwork design will require patience, even for the most experienced stitchers. But what a miracle of refinement and precision. The Blackwork chart combines cross stitch and backstitch playing with different thicknesses of thread to create dimensional effects.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The March part in full detail
Part Three comes in the top row, in the third position from the left. It features a little bird with purple wings and a group of three flowers worked in a variety of Blackwork motifs. The dominant colors are periwinkle and lavender, citrus yellow, lime and light orange.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The February part in full detail
Part Two of Lesley Teare's 2020 SAL is now available. It comes second from the right in the top row and features a hummingbird and a flower with large open petals worked in Blackwork motifs and color. Petals fold forward creating an interesting dimensional effect. The dominant colors are bright yellow and light orange.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The January part in full detail
Part One comes in the top left of the design. Make sure you have downloaded the frame chart so you start stitching in the right position.
The pattern comes in bright colorful floss colors that contrast with the black outlines. Some parts such as the bird and butterfly are simply cross stitched, with some backstitch detail. Other parts of the design are worked in delicate lace-like Blackwork motifs, such as the petals of the large flower. This creates a delicate balance and adds a lot of interest to the stitching.
Notice how the black outlines vary in thickness. Some parts of the design, such as some outlines as well as the chain-like frame are indeed worked in thicker lines with 2 strands of embroidery floss. Depending on your personal preference, the designer suggests using Pearl cotton 8 instead which comes in a single thread.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL
A question from a stitcher
We just received this question from Susanna: "Hi. I downloaded the Lesley Teare Birds and Blackwork Flowers. I can’t wait to start. But the first color listed as dmc 12 has me stumped. Is that no. correct? I don’t see it listed in my DMC Color Card. Is this a new color? Thank you."
Most of us use our treasured DMC colorcard as a bible, so how come there could be a number below 48?
But well yes, DMC did introduce some new embroidery floss colors about two years ago. One of them is DMC 12 described as "Tender green" and indeed is evocative of tender buds and young shoots. It's a gorgeous color that plays an important role in Lesley Teare's 2020 SAL. Enjoy stitching with this cheerful and springlike color.
Photo credit: Stitched Modern
Here's a blog post from Stitched Modern about the 35 additional DMC Embroidery floss colors:
As you can see in the close-up image of this brand new Hibiscus and Hummingbird design, Blackwork expert Lesley Teare takes a brand new approach to the technique. Lace-like mini motifs fill areas with "textures" of various density creating dimensional effects. Black gives way to color, in fine touches in the Blackwork areas, and whole-heartedly in other parts of the design. The result is Lesley Teare's signature style of Needlework designs, a unique approach to embroidery.
These classic italic script letters are embellished with leaves and arabesques, in the manner of antique white embroidery monograms. The pattern is so elegant, you can stitch it for its own sake - as well as reuse the chart for customizing any project with initials. The numbers, rarely found on an alphabet sampler, are an extra bonus (weddings and anniversaries).
Did you know that Delft tiles where originally inspired by the blue and white porcelain imported from China through Dutch ports in 17th century Holland? This explains the oriental feel of the floral motifs. Landscapes however were decidedly Dutch, depicting the mix of land and water of the Netherlands. Check out these designs close and you'll be amazed at Lesley Teare needlework expertise, replicating the tiny brush strokes in such amazing detail that you can recognize tiny drawbridges in the distance of the chimney of a potter's workshop.
Cute little Sunbonnet Sue: now in Blackwork and color
She's cheered generations and no doubt many to come. Lesley Teare features Sunbonnet Sue in Blackwork and in color! Square patterns make it easy to incorporate into quilt projects. Alternatively you can stitch the four together to frame or turn into a cushion cover.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
In England and most of Europe, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without spotting a red robin, their bright orange chest catching our eye in the barren gardens as they get closer to our homes looking for food. Here is a wonderful round shaped design, where designer Lesley Teare blends two counted needlework techniques, cross stitch and blackwork, as well as seed beads, in a work of outstanding beauty.
Here are three designs featuring - by popular demand - some North American birds, a cardinal, a blue Jay and a Chickadee. They are part of a beautiful series by Lesley Teare where the designer mixes needlework techniques, some parts delicate lace-like Blackwork, some parts cross stitch to create very unique designs.
After the blue version, and by popular request - here is the red version of Lesley Teare's exceptional cross stitch pattern. The remarkably detailed pattern recreates in cross stitch and backstitch the effects of late 18th century fabrics famous for their bucolic landscapes.