This particular embroidery is completed in blackwork embroidery, which is rather like sketching in needle and thread. It is stiched on even weave fabric, using repeated patterns to create the design.
This pattern would be a great introduction to blackwork for someone who has done some cross-stitch embroidery, and would like to explore the techniques of blackwork.
Very detailed instructions are included, together with a clear pattern and complete list of requirements.
"Possum Pattern" is a replica of one of the illustrations in the book. This particular embroidery is completed in 'stumpwork' or raised embroidery, using a variety of textured threads.
This pattern is suitable for someone with some embroidery experience. Stitches used include long and short satin stitch (as thread painting); outline stitch; turkey stitch (also known as gihordes knots); bullions; detached stem stitch. The ears and paws are wired, and body padded, to give a 3D effect.
Step-by-step instructions with detailed illustrations are included, together with a clear pattern and complete list of requirements.