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.

Edith Grace Designs Shop

Finished March 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

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