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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidered Flower Gardens: French Knot Flowers


Clusters of French knots can be used to create all kinds of effects in a flower garden. Once you get the hang of the French knot, you can add all kinds of interest and dimension to a garden scene.

Don’t limit yourself to the centers of flowers! Bunch them together and see what you can create. The French knot is an easy stitch to work. Check out the French knot video tutorial for help.

These flowers are stitched with two strands of overdyed cotton. The stems are worked in stem stitch, and the leaves are detached chain stitches.



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  1. Thank you very much for these videos, Mary! I am a textile artist just learning these stitches and there is no substitute for video when it comes to demos. Keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks Mary for your tutorial on French knots! I really want to have a go at making this Flower Garden…. Is there a pattern that goes with it?

  3. This tutorial was terrific! I have been embroidering for many, many years! After this you probably wonder why I was accessing a tutorial. Well, I firmly believe that we should seek instruction our whole lives. I learned that the french knots I was learning about could be used
    in various beautiful and creative ways.

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