Thursday, November 4, 2010

my creative space :: all in a knot

french knots

At the beginning of the year I identified that I wanted to improve stem stitch, shadow stitch and french knots. Today I have been working on the french knots, and between you and me I’m going to need a lot more practice. I’ve done enough for today – what is shown in the photo above – has taken me hours! …and the knots are very inconsistent. Making french knots is all hit and miss for me.

Have you got any tips???

Don’t forget to head on over to Kirsty’s place and hang with the creative posse.

12 comments:

  1. Just love the hit and miss. How often are natural things perfect? Cherrie

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  2. To the untrained eye (mine!) they look quite good : )

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  3. if it matters, I like em!
    I like em especially in red!

    10 hours would have given me the poopers - well done you!

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  4. They look pretty good to me! I see a hit everytime. No misses at all! Well done! Your stem stitch is nice too. I need to practice that one.

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  5. your knots look fabulous, I can never get mine all the same so I have given up worrying about it and just have them wonky!

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  6. I think you're Knots are wonderful!!! But I'm like you a bit hit and miss with the old french knot, sometimes I make a great one, but harder to do two in a row that are equally good. xo

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  7. They look good Sal but if you want a tip here's what I was taught.
    Wrap the thread around your needle and insert the needle into the cloth at a point very close to where it came out (not the same hole though!).
    Then pull on the thread behind the coils to move them down the needle so they are sitting right against the fabric.
    Hold the coiled thread in place using your left thumb (if you are right handed) as you draw the needle through from behind.
    Keep the pressure firm but not so tight the thread can't draw evenly.
    Hope that helps a little!

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  8. i confer with karen above. the main trick is keeping the loops in place whilst drawing the thread through. probably easier to demonstrate than describe. you are doing well, it takes practice and even then they sometimes are a bit irregular. stick with it. they are so lovely

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  9. Those french knots look lovely, especially in red. If you want another look {don't get discouraged though!} at french knots go to Myrtle & Eunices site,look at Kootoyoo's Giant Thumbs up -for a link- and see "the fly"!

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  10. I actually quite like the wonky look:) Love it the red too - well done:)

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  11. I love the look of french knots all close together like that. I think it looks great just the way it is Sal. xo

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  12. I think you’re going brilliantly. If you want to be able to do them with your eyes closed, while standing on your head, then french knot yourself a rather large fly. You’ll have it nailed.

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