Radiance Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

7 July 2021

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My eye has always been attracted to classic blackwork embroidery pieces for their seemingly simplistic shapes, repetition and use of a single colour. Once I started to delve deeper, I became interested in their complexity, and what you could do with a simple line. I soon learned how you could build not only complex shapes, but textures and a feeling of movement. As I explored crewel work, needlepoint, paper embroidery and string art, I wondered how I could incorporate elements from these crafts into cross stitch. Traditional blackwork is made in black thread on white fabric, and cross stitch often uses white as the background, as well. I wanted to inject some modern elements into my piece by playing with colour. I like the play of the bright pink and copper shapes on the black ground, as well as the shapes the voids create. The use of metallic thread in the copper piece adds another layer to the pattern, with the shine on the thread creating highlights throughout. A striking motif is guaranteed, whatever colour you choose.

Image description: Wooden embroidery hoop holds dark pink geometric embroidery on black fabric; the hoop is propped up on a wooden surface, resting on a wall, with a houseplant in the background.


  • 14 Count Aida cloth (shown in black)
  • 13 cm/5-inch bamboo embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss (shown in DMC Dark Cranberry #601 [pink] or DMC Light Effect Floss Copper #E301 [copper])
  • Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Finished Size

12 cm/4.5 inches diameter on 14-count Aida cloth.

Copyright © Sunny Lofstrom except as indicated.

About Sunny Lofstrom

Originally from Saskatchewan, I grew up surrounded by makers. Mother, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, it was inevitable that I would be a maker too. I loved using my creativity from a young age and I turned this passion into a career. I moved to Toronto to attend design school and have remained here since, working in the apparel industry. While staying home looking after my three children I was inspired to start Three Tiny Owls. It was a slow start, three little kids take up a lot of time, but now things are picking up. Three Tiny Owls is inspired by an old craft but infused with a modern spirit. A bit innocent, a bit whimsical and a tiny bit irreverent.

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