Wednesday, April 29, 2009

french knot crazy


After failing a few times at it yesterday (and lots of times throughout my stitching history), I looked up how to make a french knot. Thanks to this video, I finally got it. And my sampler has turned into a celebration of that lesson.

For instance, how about a whole bowlful of (french-knot) cherries...
And how about covering nearly a whole square with 'em...

I used tiny ones to polka-dot the background of the cupcake square (currently a favorite)...
Where Teresa is working on her sampler a short 20-minutes a day in an exercise of control, I've worked on mine all but perhaps 20 minutes. Full on-forget about the laundry-we're eating out tonight crafting going on here folks.

40 comments:

Andrea said...

I love it, Amy! Such a fun little sampler...

Don't you just LOVE those forget-about-everything-but crafting days? They are some of my favorites.

I can't wait to see how this progresses.

Andrea

Gabreial said...

Love the colors! This is a darling idea.

Calamity Anne said...

You're giving me incentive to pull out the ol' needle and thread! P.S. I especially love the little sitting girl.

Debra said...

I love the sampler! It's so darling, and you've inspired me to pull my embroidery project out of it's sleepy nest in my craft closet.

mkayteem on scs said...

This is awesome!

Lorrie said...

Wow, you are really in the groove! I love French knots - my favourite stitches!

Lorrie

PS And the word verification is "fixitst" - Don't you think the rhythm of embroidery is a fixitst for troubled times?

TracEy said...

the little dolly head is so fun, I have some vintage flapper girl silk buttons with a face on them that would work for that..I may add a little project like this to my list of things to do someday...
thanks for sharing!!

mo said...

Seems like a great way to spend the day. There is something so meditative about embroidery.

Sonya-Dime Store Thrift said...

I LOVE those feelings when crafting is going on...go with it, girl!

craftydiane said...

Your French Knots are great! I love the sampler. Keep up the good work!
Blessings,
Diane

Harley Dee said...

This is so pretty! I can't wait to see it finished.. are you going to frame and hang it, or do you have other plans? :)

Back At Ya Babe said...

It's darling! Makes me want to try one.

mel said...

I L-O-V-E this project! I love that you can pick it up whenever you want and work at it, but it is something you can put away if you need to. so fun! i am really loving how yours is turning out!

The French Bear said...

Amy, you rock!! Look at all those squares!! I am glad you are so happy with it cause it looks fantastic!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

MaryCatherine said...

Oh, Amy this is just pure delight for my eyeballs! The inspiration is bubbling up in my brain now...


(I just had a little laugh...my word verification for this comment was "jothog" :)

Diane said...

Amy - I just love the sampler. It is awesome. I haven't done embroidery in years - but maybe it is time to get going again.

LillySue said...

Gosh...I don't think I could pick a favorite square if I had too. Each one is adorable!
Blessings~LillySue

The Rose Room said...

that is so lovely, so whimisical and obviously totally addictive! Rachaelxo

Patty said...

Oh Amy !!! This looks like a happy little cake ! I could eat the buttons right up ! I have followed your blog for awhile and I have to say please do not take to heart your nay sayers message. As a little girl who grew up with a single parent who was too busy and no other family - I would have given my left arm for someone to take an interest me. You are a blessing to this child whatever way this works itself out. In my late teens I was lucky to date a boy who's mother took an interest in me and even though I did not marry her son stayed close. She passed a week before Easter and I can not tell you how I will miss her.All the best, Patty

Angel said...

I love it! What a cute idea. can't wait to see your finished piece. I'll have to try my own someday. my favorite stitch is the french knot.

~Angel/TaDa!

Kathleen Grace said...

This is fabulous! I love the colors, love the french knot cherries and all the other adorable squares you have made:>)

Firefly Hill said...

That is just beautiful! And I am so happy for you about Alfredo...


annie

Piper said...

Oh my, it is so wonderful!!!! I've got my linen out, that's a start!! I need 2 more hours in each day!

patientmom said...

LOve it!

Teri said...

Wow! you're cruisin'. I'm just curious, how big are those squares?

and by the way, I love it!!

Suzanne said...

Oh wow! It's so adorable! Very pretty!

cindie said...

I love it... embroidery is so much fun... I actually pulled out my floss and traced my grandson's hand... I made a pillow with it for his Momma for Mother's Day.

Also... I think tha what you are doing for this little boy is so wonderful. God tells us to love and you are obeying that command... this little boy will also have you in his heart as you will him. A child can never have too much love... follow your heart. He will be blessed and even if you have to let him go again your life will be blessed as well...

*G* said...

What an inspiration. I want to start one of my own "right now". Of course, I've got thirty jillion other things going and simply can't start another project right now. I think I will start sketching ideas. This looks like a great winter time project.

I'm hopeless when it comes to french knots. I'll will check out the video you gave the link to - maybe there is hope for me yet.

By the way, I'm C. Baugh's big sis and MC's favorite Aunt (not really -LOL)

Angela said...

Seeing your beautiful sampler has made me go dig out the embroidery material and my husband just rolls his eyes-he says he just needs his one little corner..I can have the rest of the house. Ha...a few more hobbies and I may take it over too!
Thanks for sharing and you are in my prayers.

craftinsomniac said...

Amy, your french knots look great! Last year at SB Cori's mom taught us how to do a bullion stitch, you can make little birds nests with it,so cute!

Diane Duda said...

I've always struggled with french knots....and then eventually gave up. :)
But seeing these cherries I'm going to have to give it another go! Love them!!!

Kelly said...

The cupcake is toooo CUTE and so is the bowl of cherries! (Actually, all the squares are adorable). Nice to know it didn't just take you 20 minutes to do all of that :D

Christine said...

Dear, Sweet Amy...I can always count on you for inspiration and smiles! Your sampler is amazing - but I'm not surprised. I might just have to head out to my local craft store...

Debby Schuh said...

I'm in LOVE!

Alison Gibbs said...

It is gorgeous Amy,
You will become known as The Queen of French Knots"
LOL
Alison

Maria-Thérèse said...

That is extremely cute!!!!

Linda said...

That's so adorable!

Autumn said...

Wow-absolutely positively gorgeous--something I might REALLY be interested in--thanks!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

super cute...this is just wonderful!

Carolyn Mcavoy said...

Super cute...I love it! I've never tried embroidery so I'm hoping to learn lots from your blog and youtube...