Stitching Project - Blackwork Journal - March 2019

 I wanted to learn a couple of new skills this year, 2019. I decided on improving my knitting skills, exploring texture & colour, I also wanted to learn 'Blackwork', something I have wanted to do for many years.
Stitching Project - March 2019

Maple Leaf




This month, March 2019, I wanted to try a design which blended colours, but also use an object within the piece. I love autumnal colours, what better than a leaf, showing colours associated with autumn. I designed a maple leaf, using 2 strands of DMC thread.














DMC embroidery thread was used:
3031 - Dark Mocha Brown
815   - Cherry Red
349   - Chilli Red
740   - Orange
3820 - Maze Yellow


DMC embroidery thread was used

Blackwork technique was used throughout












I practiced mindfulness while stitching, & I was able to take this to work, before I started to teach ballet. The children always ask what I am stitching at work, I hope it encourages them to start stitching or crafting.



Autumnal Colours were used

I practised mindfulness while stitching

Maple Leaf Embroidery

Maple Leaf Colourwork






I decided to just stitch a plain pattern, this way the stitches look neat & the colours blended in well.
















I used brown to give a strong outline of the leaf.











I have really enjoyed this project, it took a little longer than expected, but the colours & texture are very pleasing to me.













For my next project, I will be using old silk threads. I was given a large box full of c1950's silk threads. I couldn't decide what to do with them, should I keep them preserved as they are, or use them as they were intended?  I think they should be used, with the cardboard roll included in the project book. This will keep the thread together & show the history of the thread.









This design can be bought in my shop as a digital download pattern.



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Finished March 2019
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Stitching Project - Knitting Project - March 2019 - Hughenden Manor


This year, 2019, I have decided to explore texture & colours in my knitting. I want to record this through a journal & be inspired by my home in the English countryside or places I have visited.


Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

The walled gardens & Hughenden valley



I currently design doll knitting patterns, but I know there is more to knitting than just 'stocking stitch' & trying to make the perfect looking doll, which doesn't look as if it is hand knitted. I have spent time designing dolls, weaving colours in & out of the work to make pretty patterns, when actually if I had looked at different textures through knitting, I could create something more pleasing.











My March project is based around a day visit in May 2018 to Hughenden Manor. This is in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, about 45 minutes away from our home. My family & I explored the gardens, the house & sat for a while looking over the valley, with the church in clear sight. We had a wonderful day, taking lots of photographs & getting lots of inspiration for future craft projects.


I based the colours on the red brick mansion & walled garden flowers






Knot Stitch 



Hughenden Manor, is owned by The National Trust. It is described as a red brick Victorian mansion, which was owned in the 1800's by the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield.














The colours I used were:
Green
Pink
Yellow
Coral









Hughenden Manor



I wanted to depict not just the red brick of the mansion & church, but also incorporate the flowers seen in the walled garden & over the valley.







This year, I want to explore different textures, so used a 'Knot Stitch'.
The stitches used in this stitch is:
Knit
Purl 2 Together
Slip Stitch
Hughenden Church

Hughenden Manor


Hughenden Manor
Hughenden Manor


Knitting Journal - March 2019










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Finished March 2019
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Stitching Projects - Blackwork Journal - February 2019


I wanted to learn a couple of new skills this year, 2019. I decided on improving my knitting skills, exploring texture & colour, I also wanted to learn 'Blackwork', something I have wanted to do for many years.
                                                                                           
Blackwork Journal - February 2019



In January, I started my project journal with a study of squares using 2 strands of black DMC embroidery thread.

For February, I wanted to add colour to one of the blackwork designs from my January project.
Colourwork Embroidery











I found with the January project, that 2 strands of embroidery thread didn't give me clean lines within the pattern. I bought some Anchor Pearl Cotton, to see if using a thicker thread but without loose strands would give the piece a neater look. I found this was the case and I loved sewing with the thread.

I used the blue to highlight the squares.

I used the colours:
131 - Blue
360 - Brown
365 - Mustard

14 Count Aida - White


I used Anchor Pearl Cotton

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Knitting Stitches - Knot Stitch


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April 2019
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Stitching Projects - Blackwork Journal - January 2019



I wanted to learn a couple of new skills this year, 2019. I decided on improving my knitting skills, exploring texture & colour, I also wanted to learn 'Blackwork', something I have wanted to do for many years. 

Blackwork Project Journal - 2019





I started with a study of squares & went from there. I used 2 strands of black DMC embroidery thread for the study, but I feel that using 1 strand would of made the work much neater. I practiced mindfulness while stitching, & I was able to take this to work, before I started to teach ballet.








A Study of Squares



I created the larger pattern, which is a larger version of the last 8th square at the top of the work.


Next month I want to experiment with colour & squares.


I created the larger pattern

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January 2019
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Stitching Projects - Knitting Journal - February 2019 - Jane Austen



This year, 2019, I have decided to explore texture & colours in my knitting. I want to record this through a journal & be inspired by my home in the English countryside or places I have visited.

Knitting Journal - February 2019 by Joanna Marshall
 I currently design doll knitting patterns, but I know there is more to knitting than just 'stocking stitch' & trying to make the perfect looking doll, which doesn't look as if it is hand knitted. I have spent time designing dolls, weaving colours in & out of the work to make pretty patterns, when actually if I had looked at different textures through knitting, I could create something more pleasing.
A view from Chawton House

Jane Austen Sampler

Photos and sampler side by side

I used colours captured in the photo

Garter Slip Stitch

Photographs from the window, at Chawton House

Chawton House, Hampshire, UK

A Kaleidoscope of the photograph used 
My February project is based around a summer break taken in August 2018. My family, myself & our little rescue dog took our caravan to stay in Winchester for a week. We took two days out of our holiday to visit 'The Jane Austen Museum' & 'Chawton House', in Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, UK. My daughter's & I love reading the Jane Austen novels. This was so exciting for all of us, except my husband, who went for a very long walk with our dog through Chawton woods, by all accounts they had an exciting couple of days too.
Stitching Project - February 2019







Whilst in 'Chawton House', which was owned by Edward Austen, we were told that it is thought Jane Austen sat by the window above and wrote her novels. With this in mind, I decided to take the colours from the view and design a sampler.














The colours I used were:
Black
Forest Green
Sea Green
Tortilla Brown









I wanted the black colour to represent the window panes, green for the lawn & trees, brown for 'Chawton Church' & the stone driveway.











This year, I want to explore different textures, so used a 'Garter Slip Stitch'.
The stitches used in this stitch is:
Knit
Purl
Slip Stitch













































This is a kaleidoscope image from the photograph taken of the window. I based my colours on this image




The Jane Austen Museum, Hampshire, UK - Website
Chawton House, Hampshire, UK - Website

Our little rescue dog, enjoying a walk around Chawton House
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Finished February 2019
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May Flower Knot Stitch Knitted Bookmark

May Flower Knot Stitch Bookmark Knitting Pattern

The bookmark is 18.5cms in length, knitted in Double Knitting Wool & Worked Flat.

There are two pieces to knit in this pattern.

This pattern can be bought as a PDF Digital Download from - Etsy.

This is a free download from: Love Knitting, Makerist, & Ravelry.

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May Flower Knot Stitch Bookmark


'Knot Stitch'

I am currently exploring texture & colours. I took some photos of the gardens, whilst visiting Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK. I identified the main colours needed for this bookmark.

I love the combination of these colours, to me they perfectly depict the colours of flowers to be found in the garden in May.

The stitches used are knit & purl two stitches together.


Knitted Bookmark

'Knot Stitch'

The colours are inspired by May flowers

Bookmark Knitting Pattern

Inspired by a trip to Hughenden Manor, UK


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Finished February 2019
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