These french knots are killing me! Or, update from my Tulip Field French Knot Sampler.

French Knot Tulip Field Sampler - update

So. You may have noticed it’s September now. Pretty much not August anymore. And I haven’t finished my french knot sampler. Second sampler into my Sampler-A-Month project and I have failed.

Sigh.

Or at least, that’s how my brain really wants to see it, but I’m trying to let that go. The completist / rule follower in me wants to say that it somehow doesn’t “count” right if I didn’t finish in a month. And then the rest of me goes: what the crap are you talking about?! This is a project you made up, there’s no rules!! Dummy. (The rest of me is sometimes harsh for my own good.) Do you ever do this to yourself?

Yeah, I didn’t make it this one in one month. I wanted to do other stuff during my week-and-a-half off, so I lost too much time in August with no sampler progress, and then some real life stuff interfered. Whaddya gonna do? I have to admit, I haven’t been so crazy about my color choices either, which made me a bit annoyed with the whole project, so I might’ve been avoiding it a bit. The last two sections will both be pink in different shades. I’m hoping that’ll bring a little zest to the color scheme.

French Knot Tulip Field Sampler - update

I’ve got about two-and-a-half french knot sections to go now, and a lot of other stuff to get done in September, so it probably works out ok that I’ll now take the rest of this month to finish this. I’m still going to do 12 samplers. It just might take me 13 months now. So what, self? It’s totally fine, shuddup. I have already learned two things with this one though: to keep the samplers small enough to be realistic for that month’s plans, and that doing this many french knots without a milliner’s needle will take about a hundred times the amount of time and frustration than just using one.

So people, for goodness’ sake, get yourself some milliner’s needles. You’ll thank me later.

8 Comments on These french knots are killing me! Or, update from my Tulip Field French Knot Sampler.

  1. Jessica
    September 6, 2013 at 16:06 (4 years ago)

    I am so not done mine either. You are not alone. Two and a half of the bigger sections to go for me.

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    • julie
      September 9, 2013 at 12:55 (4 years ago)

      Glad it’s not just me – always nice to be in such charming company! :)

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  2. Susan
    September 6, 2013 at 16:17 (4 years ago)

    Unfinished, perhaps, but beautiful nonetheless! I always second-guess my color choices, too, but I think yours is going to be striking when it’s done.

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    • Aurelia Eglantine
      September 7, 2013 at 02:52 (4 years ago)

      Are you kidding?! I do that *all the time* LOL :) I make me want to pull out my own hair sometimes :P I’d suggest adding different stitches, but I think it’d ruin the look you’re going for here. So what if it takes two months? You could always do two very small samplers for one month, or add a special Christmas project onto December. You’ll figure something out! That deep blue field you’re working on now is *gorgeous* by the way :)

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      • julie
        September 9, 2013 at 12:54 (4 years ago)

        Thank you!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s a stickler for their own made-up rules! Yes, I wondered if I couldn’t squish in two somewhere, do something clever. Or maybe I just have to learn to roll with it and not be such a goody-goody when it comes to something that no one’s judging. ;)

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    • julie
      September 9, 2013 at 12:55 (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Susan – I always get to this point in a project where everything that seemed fine earlier suddenly looks *all wrong*. And then you finish, step away, and you always love it again. I hope I get there eventually with this one!

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  3. Scrapiana
    September 9, 2013 at 16:10 (4 years ago)

    I love it, Julie! With all those knots, it’s not surprising it’s taking longer than hoped. Keep going!

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