Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I Spanked the French Knots



I'm working on some embroidery. I learned how to do the basics in a summer school class my grade school offered. Haven't done much since then. I picked it up again a few years ago to work on a pillow cushion. And I'm still working on the same one :) Here's the thing, it's a graphic design that is repetitive and done in only satin stitch. So it takes a long time. Well it mostly takes a long time since I can only so one small section without getting bored. Or my hands getting tired from my death grip on the hoop.
I've moved on to work on other things and I bring That One out occasionally. This one is fairly small, it'll end up probably about 4"x5" or so. I sketched out lots of designs until I got to this. Yes, this also has satin stitches, but! they don't have to be uniform which makes all the difference.


While I was brushing up on embroidery I looked at a lot of pics and sites online. I was surprised at how many people are scared of French Knots. I thought, hmm, maybe I should be scared of them, it's been a while since I've done them. So I looked at a few tutorials, each assuring us to "not be scared" they're "not that horrible", "only loose a couple fingers", "or an eye". Kidding. But it just all made me more nervous. Until I told myself to just calm down. If I could do these at about 9 or 10 years old they really can't be that hard. They totally aren't, they're just as easy as all the other stitches.


I French Knotted to my hearts content. And then decided I didn't quite like the colors I'd used so I got out my small embroidery Ginghers (they are small, my fingers are not gigantic I promise). It made me sad to see the knot carnage. It'll look better in the end.













6 comments:

  1. I love the effect of that satin stitching - and good to know they're not that scary (maybe it's the prefix of French that does it? French seams get a bad rap too and they're not hard either.)

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  2. I'm impressed by your emroidery skillz!

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  3. I did a whole picture one time (about 8 x 10 inches) and it was ALL satin stitch! Very tedious and it seemed to take forever. All this to say - I feel your pain! And no, French knots aren't hard, if you get your technique right. You'll get really good after about 100 of them! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment on my Minimalism quilt. Glad you like it!

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  4. French knots are funny arent they? I was scared of them too. It didn't take long to realize they just aren't that hard! :) Your work is looking good.

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  5. Wow! Your work is amazing. All that teeny, tiny detail and it looks just perfect. Thanks for inspiration!

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  6. The French knots are perfect as the centers of the flowers! And the satin stitch looks so fine and delicate. I doubt I'd have the patience for it, but it looks just lovely. Is the whole cushion going to be 4" x 5", or is that just a patch on it?

    You should post a picture of this on Kollabora, the online crafting community! We haven't been seeing much embroidery lately.

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