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

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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 - Waddesdon Manor - April 2019

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.

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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
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs