French Knot Sampler, Getting Started

I’m stitching a sampler a month for one full year! Join in and stitch with me if you’d like, for all the samplers or just a few, and link back to me / leave a link in the comments so I can follow your progress too! And tell your friends!

French Knot Tulip Field Sampler WIP

It’s not much, but I’ve started! Because I’m using such a dark fabric, I traced the template on and then basted over it with white sewing thread. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see the traced lines in anything but the brightest light. I’m using my seat frame for this project, because french knots are, let’s just say it out loud, a huge pain in the ass if you only have two hands. (Which I do.) If I’m using a small hoop, I do fine holding it with my left pinky, and controlling the knot with the rest of my fingers and my free right hand. But a bigger hoop is just too awkward for me, and for this project, a smaller hoop will only go so far before I start smooshing the knots.

French Knot Tulip Field Sampler WIP

Anyway, don’t forget to download the template (PDF) and stitch along with me to make your own French Knot Tulip Field Sampler! I’ll be stitching on mine here and there over the next week, but I won’t be back for an update until the following Monday; I’m treating myself to a much-needed week away from any real responsibilities. I’m not going away anywhere, but thinking of it as my summertime vacation anyway. See you when I get back!

5 Comments on French Knot Sampler, Getting Started

  1. Tammy
    August 10, 2013 at 23:02 (5 years ago)

    Oh this will be soi pretty …Look at those gorgeous knots.

    • julie
      August 10, 2013 at 23:10 (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much! :)

  2. pam
    August 18, 2013 at 00:55 (5 years ago)

    Wish I could join in considering how much fun i had when i joined you on the last sampler. But I MUST stay focused on my Christmas gift projects now! Must Must Must!!

    But i wanted to say thank you for the great tip about basting the pattern lines on dark fabric. I bet this would be a great solution when working with wool felt or felted wool too. xo

    • julie
      August 19, 2013 at 08:37 (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Pam! Don’t worry, that template will never go away, so you’re free to download it whenever you like! And yes, if I remember something I read a long time ago properly, people do use that basting technique for felt and other fabrics with a textured surface like that, such as velvet. Glad it was a handy tip!


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