Stitch 15 in Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge is French knots. Many people have trouble with this stitch but over on French knot tutorial I have listed common problems and offered solutions. Hopefully these suggestions will help beginners master them.
Once French Knots are mastered they are fun and quick to do and you can use them in all sorts of situations. One of my favourite ways to use them is to create either grapes. The sample above is of French Knots worked in a hand dyed variegated silk ribbon. You can also work them in shades of lilac and create wisteria vines. I have seen french knots used to describe the wool of sheep, little flowers and parts of flowers such as the centre of sunflower or the end of stamens. These ideas are just the start, so check out the tutorial on French Knots and give them a try.
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 15 challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do a French knot If you are an experienced hand embroiderer use French Knots in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done.
Where to share
You can share a sample of your work anywhere you hand out online. Use your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook, and leave a comment on the French Knot page and let us know where you shared it. Spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday tell your friends and share on social networks to let other stitchers know as all stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome.
Feel free to join the TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group. If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.