What are your weekend stitching plans? Will you have time to embroider this weekend, to indulge in hours of Needlework Bliss? I hope you will! Here’s what I’m up to this weekend…
I’m making lots of French knots. LOTS of them! This whole crewel rooster project has me more involved in making French knots than any other project I’ve ever done. Oh, sure – I use French knots here and there when I embroider. One here. One there. A few in that cluster, a small bunch thither and yon.
But I don’t think I’ve ever packed in this many French knots in one project in my whole stitching life!
My plans for this weekend involve lots of knots. Come Sunday night, my goal is to have the rooster project completely finished. There are about a million (or a gazillion) French knots between me and that goal.
Each petal in both flowers on the rooster project will be filled with French knots. Plugging away last night on some of the knots, I asked myself, “Why? Why did you do this? Why not just some quick filling stitches? Why not satin stitch? Why French knots? Are you NUTS?”
For each petal, it takes 34″ of crewel wool to fill the petal with French knots. In fact, I use two and a half 16″ strands of wool, but I’m taking into account the thread lost at the beginning and end of each strand – so it roughly works out to about 34″ all told per petal. I’m using Renaissance Dyeing wool for the flowers. I like the colors of crewel wool I’m using, but the flowers are ending up darker than I realized they would be.
So why French knots?
Enjoy your weekend!