Whitework is any type of embroidery worked in white or natural colored thread on a white or natural colored fabric ground.
Also known as white-on-white, this style of embroidery is beautiful, elegant and can be worked in a variety of techniques, including surface embroidery, Hardanger & Hedebo, pulled or drawn thread, Schwalm, Reticella, Mountmellick, cutwork & Richelieu, and more.
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This ornament was designed several years ago by Teresa Wentzler of TW Designworks as a teaching piece and is now available as a .pdf download on her site.
The project is worked on 28-count linen in counted thread stitches including Algerian eyelet, satin stitch (upright and diagonal), rice stitch, lazy-daisy stitch, diamond eyelet, square eyelet, and Smyrna cross stitch.
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Learn about the different forms of whitework embroidery, presented by Carol Leather of the needlework tips and techniques website.
Carol has posted a free Whitework Sampler Stitch-Along that introduces you to many of the basic techniques used in a variety of whitework types, including how to work the hemstitch, honeycomb stitch, diamond eyelet stitch, and the four-sided stitch.