Collection of blackwork ornaments

Collection of blackwork ornamentsThis is a collection of 37 blackwork ornaments. All the ornaments in the collection date from the late 16th and early 17th century and were taken from various pieces of jewelry from that time. They are all drawn in a 2D CAD software. Within this collection there are ornaments in the shape of: the rhomboid, shield, heart, trapezoid, water drop, as well as circular- and oval-shaped ornaments etc..

The term “blackwork” is most commonly used when describing the blackwork embroidery technique which was popular in the Middle Ages. As the term itself indicates, blackwork embroidery technique is characterized by black thread sewn/embroidered on white background/fabric.

It is less known that the term mentioned also refers to special techniques of enameling and engraving metal surfaces in jewelry manufacturing that was used for a rather short time in the Middle Ages. At that time blackwork technique was mostly used in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

All the blackwork ornaments that you can download here are under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported  license.

File types included: vector (SVG and EPS formats) or a 2D CAD sketch (DWG format)

Collection of blackwork ornaments - DWG 2D CAD file format (1.62 MB)

Collection of blackwork ornaments - EPS vector file format (zip - 1.88 MB)

Collection of blackwork ornaments - SVG vector file format (6.2 MB)