Stitching Project - Blackwork Journal - December 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 - December 2019

Blackwork Flower




This month, I want to continue working on traditional blackwork. Last month, I worked from a portrait of Mary Tudor, basing my design around the collar. This month, I wanted to design my own pattern, with Tudor flowers in mind.















I started with a plain flower, with stem & leaves. but, soon realised that this will not make a geometric pattern. But, I do intend on using this next year.










Stitching Project - 2019


I used 14 count Cream Aida & DMC Black Embroidery Thread.

















Mary Tudor
I was inspired by the blackwork of the collar from the portrait of Mary Tudor (1516 - 58), which is at The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

Blackwork Embroidery






My own blackwork design.

This concludes my Blackwork Journal, 2019.






Edith Grace Designs
Finished December 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

Stitching Project - Knitting Journal - December 2019 - Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, UK


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 - December 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 designed dolls, weaving colours to make pretty patterns, when actually if I had looked at different textures through knitting, I could create something more pleasing.



Stitching Project - 2019

Kaleidoscope of Leaves



My December 2019 project is based on a day trip to Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, UK. It is a great place to have long walks, or in the summer have a picnic. I took photos during the Autumn, in 2017.
Blue, Light Blue, Orange & Camel


Moss Stitch












I made a kaleidoscope pattern from the main photo, and based my colours around this image.














The colours I used were:
Blue
Light Blue
Orange
Camel






This year, I want to explore different textures, so used a 'Moss Stitch' in this project.
The stitches used in this stitch is:
- Knit
- Purl
For each row, I used a different colour, this gave a beautiful weave effect.




This concludes my Knitting Journal for 2019.

Stowe House Website



Edith Grace Designs



Finished December 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

Stitching Project - Blackwork Journal - November 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 - 2019







This month, I want to work on traditional blackwork. I found a portrait of Mary Tudor & wanted to base my design on the detailed work on her collar.








Russian Blackwork Design





This design is adapted from the corner of a 19th Century Russian linen towel. The towel is part of the Embroiderers' Guild collection. The original pattern is embroidered in pink silk on linen.











Stitching Journal - November 2019






I was inspired by the blackwork of the collar from the portrait of Mary Tudor (1516 - 58), which is at The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.










Blackwork Embroidery

Edith Grace Designs


Finished November 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

Speckle Rib Stitch Knitted Bookmark

 Speckle Rib Stitch Bookmark Knitting Pattern

The bookmark is 20cms 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 Crafts, Makerist, & Ravelry.



Speckle Rib Stitch


'Speckle Rib Stitch

This stitch uses:
Knit
Purl
Slip 1 stitch purlwise
Yarn forward
Yarn back







Knitted Bookmark

Book Lovers Gift

Edith Grace Designs



Finished December 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

Stitching Project - Knitting Journal - November 2019 - Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, UK


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 - November 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 designed dolls, weaving colours to make pretty patterns, when actually if I had looked at different textures through knitting, I could create something more pleasing.


Stitching Project - 2019

Colours Used: Blue, Green, Pink & Lilac





My November 2019 project is based on a day trip in August to Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, UK. My daughter & I had a wonderful morning, looking around the gardens. So many beautiful colours, but a very very warm day.










I sat under the arch for a very long time, as it was so warm that morning.













Knitting Stitch - Fleck Stitch






The colours I used were:
Blue
Green
Pink
Lilac










Kaleidoscope pattern of collage made from flowers & trees







I put together a collage of the main colours that I wanted to use, I then made a kaleidoscope of this collage. I used this as a base for my design.





Stitching Project









This year, I want to explore different textures, so used a 'Fleck Stitch' in this project.
The stitches used in this stitch is:
- Knit
- Purl





Waterperry Gardens Website



Edith Grace Designs



Finished November 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs

Stitching Project - Blackwork Journal - October 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 - October 2019






This month, I wanted to continue working on the portrait from last month. My project from last month & this month was to pick out a pattern from a portrait & reproduce it as a piece of blackwork, on Aida canvas.











Blackwork Stitch







This is the blackwork pattern, taken from inside the collar of the portrait.




Close up of the blackwork

DMC Embroidery Thread





A close up of the blackwork on the collar & bodice.
Stitching Project
















I used Black DMC embroidery thread. I used 3 strands of thread in this design.

















A blackwork pattern, based on the clothing from 'The Lady in Green' portrait by Agnolo Bronzine (1503-72).









Lady in Green - Royal Collection Website





Portrait of a 'Lady in Green' c. 1528 -32
Agnolo Bronzine (1503-72)

Royal Collection:
Acquired by King Charles I (1600 - 49)












Edith Grace Designs


Finished October 2019
Joanna Marshall - Edith Grace Designs