At long last, and as promised.  Ensamplario Atlantio: Being a Collection of Filling Patterns Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery is here in PDF format!

I have to admit that my ambition ran away with me.  The entire thing is 40 pages long, with 35 plates of designs – over 220 or so individual all-over or filling patterns for double running stitch embroidery.  Some are very large repeats and would be better suited for free-use, others are smaller in scale and would work well as fillings in traditional outline/infilled blackwork (like on the pix of the cover, below):

The book ended up being SO large that I was unable to upload it, and downloading would be problematic for most people.  So I have cut it up into four parts:

I would dearly love to see any projects that use fillings from the collection.  Since I’m making this available as a free download, seeing what my pattern “children” are up to in the real world is my biggest reward.

And also a reminder – just because this is being made available freely doesn’t mean that I have relinquished my author’s rights.   This book may not be re-issued, re-posted, or sold by others without my specific permission.  I ask that needlework instructors wishing to use the thing get in touch with me so I can keep a log of by whom/when the book has been circulated.


Longing for more?  There’s a sequel. 200 more plates of designs – more fills, plus borders and even some neckline yokes. Also a free download.  Pop over to this link to download.

123 responses

  1. Shannon Mueller | Reply

    Thank you so much for offering this as a free resource! I’m new to blackwork and am so fascinated by it.

  2. Elizabeth McCrary | Reply

    Kim, May I use this as a source for the blackwork class I’m teaching this summer at Costume College? It’s a convention about costuming, with an educational focus, put on by Costumers’ Guild West. It’s normally in Woodland Hills, CA, but (no surprise!) online this year. I’ll probably have 15 – 20 students.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Sounds like fun. Let’s take this discussion off line. Please email me. My gmail addy is kbsalazar

  3. Hello, I am working on an admittedly silly project, and need some blackwork designs. The plan is to put blackwork onto a rubiks cube. Would it be ok to use your designs on my video?

    1. If you are planning on selling the resulting design or video, please contact me for licensing terms. If it’s just an informational/instructional sharing and no money will change hands, you have my permission, provided you tell the audience the source, and mention the book and URL to obtain it.

      Others please note that I do not give blanket permission by posting this – I make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Please contact me here or at kbsalazar (at) gmail (dot) com for more info.

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