Stitching Project - Blackwork Journal - April 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 - April 2019

1 thread of silk was used at a time



I was given a large box full of silk threads. I am unsure of the age, some people think c1940's, others think possibly earlier. 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 show the history of the thread.











I have chosen a simple blackwork pattern, which was very quick to stitch up. I used only one thread of silk throughout this design.








Alderman Sewing Silk

Shade No/ 46 - Red

The thread was wound up on a small piece of cardboard

Stitching Project

Blackwork

The thread used is 'Alderman' Sewing Silk. Made in England & measured in yards. The colour used was Number 46, a bright red.










I loved unwinding the thread to sew, it was like unwinding history, I also thought of those who made this thread & the journey it has been on until it came into my possession.












The threads were wound up on pieces of cardboard, I am amazed they have lasted so well. I intend on using them for further projects, so they are kept for prosperity.




























Silk Threads

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Finished April 2019
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Stitching Project - Knitting Journal - April 2019 - Waddesdon 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.
Knitting Journal - April 2019


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.


Stitching Project




Garter Drop Stitch
 My April project is based around a day visit in April 2019, on Easter Sunday to Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK. It was a very hot day, so my family & I walked around the gardens and through the forest walks with our little dog. It was a beautiful bright day, with a clear blue sky, a perfect ice cream day.
Waddesdon Manor - April 2019

Double knitting wool was used

The main colours used were: Green, Grey & Blue

Garter Drop Stitch

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinhamshire, UK




Waddesdon Manor was owned by the Rothschild family until it was bequeathed in 1957 to The National Trust.











In this piece of knitting, I wanted to incorporate the three dominant colours of blue, grey & green. I decided on the 'Garter Drop Stitch', as the garter stitch represented the green shrubbery, the dropped stitches were knitted in blue & grey.










The colours I used were:
Sage Green
Cloud Grey
Cerulean Blue














I used the main photograph to make a kaleidoscope pattern, to depict the main colours needed for the project.









This year, I want to explore different textures, so used a 'Garter Drop Stitch' in this project.
The stitches used in this stitch is:
- Knit
- Wrapping the wool around the right needle twice, before dropping it on the next row.



















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Finished - April 2019
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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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February 2019
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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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