A few days ago, I showed you my embroidery and acknowledged that it included quite a few French knots.
Time and again, French knots will bring on admissions from readers that they have trouble with them. Today, I'm going to show you how to make one. The secret is keeping your floss tight against your work. So, this being the week of Halloween, it seems a good time to shed your fear of the dread French knot. Here goes. You'll have to uncover your eyes first.
There happen to be a few more French knots on this pink gumdrop, and so I've enlisted the help of the Resident Engineer turned Camera Man to help me with this. You'll need both hands to make a French knot. You're going to see images from two different knots here...don't let that confuse you. Think of it as proof that it works first time, every time.
First, bring your needle up through the fabric at the spot where you want your knot.
Now make the required number of wraps. Every knot requires at least one wrap of the floss around the needle. The more wraps, the bigger the knot. In this case, I'm using three wraps.
Now comes the secret to success when it comes to French knots, but it isn't difficult. For one thing, you'll want to poke your needle right next to the first hole, but not through the first hole. If you use the original hole, there's a good chance you'll pull your knot straight through the fabric. I try to place it a thread or two away from the original hole.
Now, here's the tricky part. If you remember nothing else, remember this: You must hold your floss tight against your fabric as you pull the tail through. So, after you've made your wraps, let them slide down the needle as you poke it back through the fabric until they are tight against the fabric, and hold that tail tight as well.
Keep holding the tail tight as you pull the floss through the fabric.
Keep pulling, and keep holding it tight.
You'll find that you can let it go as you pull the last of the tail through the fabric, and Voila! One French knot perfectly made and perfectly placed.
Got it? When someone tells me they can't make a French knot, I always figure it's because they're not holding the wraps against the fabric. If you fail to do that, you'll get a nice knot somewhere along the length of your floss, but it won't be against the fabric where you want it. I hope that helps.
Yesterday was another day of amotivation, but I did manage to finish the quilting on the Blushing Aspens table runner.
For that, I quilted leaves randomly all around the outside border.
Here's how it looks from the back.
Today I'll get the binding sewn on. I'll be using that same green/blue batik for the binding.
Also, I'm going to get to work on the next block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. Today my goal will be to make the block and take it to the hand embroidery stage. If there's any time left, I'll get a start on Smitty's portrait. That will be fun.
Anything fun going on in your sewing room today?