I enjoy reading other needlepoint blogs.
Like most stitchers, I do it to keep up with needlepoint trends, or simply just to admire the beautiful work done by other needlepoint stitchers. There are loads of super-talented stitchers out there!
Yesterday, I was admiring a beautiful Maggie canvas, where the trees were done in French Knots with Bouclé thread. I found this in a recent post in Ruth Schmuff’s blog.
They reminded me of three ornaments, where I also used French Knots. (I hung the trio on a guitar, to give you a sense of scale.)
French Knots, which come from the world of embroidery, are good for all kinds of effects: curly hair, a field of flowers, smoke from a chimney, or holiday garlands. It’s an effective stitch for creating dimension in a stitched canvas.
I use a variety of threads for French Knots: metallics, overdyes, perle cotton and wool. So, in that field of flowers, one or several different colored overdyed threads might create a realistic-looking garden.
One more thing: I usually wrap the thread around two times. If I want to create a denser looking knot, I can try three. So in that field of flowers, I might vary between the two and three wraps.
That’s it on what I want to say about this stitch.
There are many other places on the net that discuss or show in great detail how to stitch the French Knot, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.
Just let your fingers do the googling!
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