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


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

Edith Grace Designs

Finished April 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

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