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I was familiar with blackwork thanks to my Tudor/Elizabethan fad days back in high school. Interest was recently rekindled when I stumbled upon the biscornu, which seems a very good candidate medium for it.
100 Blackwork Charts by Lynn Skinner is in the mail.
I found this book on the website of Leon Conrad. His designs seem to be the most beautiful contemporary but traditional ones to be found. I would love to try one of his kits sometime but I would like to incorporate it into something practical like a cushion or, ahem, a biscornu.
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