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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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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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 Cawton House
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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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Oxford Textured Tweed Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern


Oxford Textures Teapot Cosy Knitting Pattern - 4 Cup Teapot Pattern

Tea Cosy Measurement - Lower circumference 16in (40.5cm) - Height 8in (20.5cm)

Method: Worked Flat

Wool - UK - DK Wool/ US - Light Worsted/ Australia - 8ply - WOOL IS WORKED DOUBLE

This pattern can be bought as a PDF Digital Download from - Etsy, Love Knitting, Makerist, & Ravelry.



Oxford Textured Tweed Tea Cosy
I have used the 'Textured Tweed Knit Stitch' for this pattern. The pattern is worked in DK wool, using double thread throughout. You can use chunky wool if desired. This is a really simple pattern to follow.

Using double thread, combined with the texture of the stitch, this makes the cosies thick & padded, which will keep the teapot warm.

I have based this design on my January entry in my knitting journal. The colours are based on a photograph taken of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford UK.

The stitches used are:
Knit, Purl, Slip 1 Stitch & Knit 2 together.

The colours used are: Camel, Brown & Blue.

I love the colour combination, this is something I would never think to use and I am delighted with the finished result.
'Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, UK'

Camel, Brown & Blue 

'Textured Tweed Stitch'

A smaller version for a 2 cup tea pot

The top is pulled together with a twisted tie

This is an easy knitting pattern

Tea Pot Cozy

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Finished February 2019
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Knitting Stitches - Textured Tweed Stitch


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Stitching Projects - Knitting Journal - January 2019 - Oxford


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 2019

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, UK
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 January project is about Oxford. I was born in Oxford & although I live only 20 minutes away, have lived here all my life. I popped into the bookshop with my children one day & as I came out, I quickly took a photograph of the 'Sheldonian Theatre'.


I made the photo into a kaleidoscope image for colouring

Basket Ribbed Stitch

Texture Tweed Stitch


Knitting Journal 2019



Texture Tweed Stitch 
I made the photos into a kaleidoscope image, & decided to use the colours camel, brown, blue & grey.











I used 'Basket Ribbed Stitch' to make the square. This stitch uses Knit, Purl & Slip Stitches.












As I enjoyed the colours so much, I wanted to reduce the amount to design a tea cosy. I chose camel, brown & blue, whilst knitting with the 'Texture Tweed Stitch'. I think this shows the colours individually, which is not a colour combination I would normally use.







By starting my Knitting Journal, I do feel that I have been more creative with the use of colours & textures in my designs. I am currently working on my February entry!





This is the original photograph & the 'Texture Tweed Stitch', which I have designed a free bookmark pattern & tea cosy pattern.















Oxford Textured Tweed Tea Cozy





Oxford Textured Tweed Bookmark
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Finished January 2019 - Joanna Marshall
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