Thanks very much for your thoughts on Milliner’s Needles – I switched to a larger needle and *whoa*, it was like a whole new thing. As advertised, it made french knot angst a thing of the past! Seriously, every knot is so much easier (and less annoying!) than before, and my progress sped up a millionfold. You can see the needle I ended up using above – the hugemongous one is the milliner’s needle, the teeny one is a normal embroidery needle. It’s like embroidering with a spear! If you’ve ever had trouble with french knots, definitely give these a go.
Here’s my progress so far – erm, with 4 days to go, is it likely that I’ll finish before the end of the month? Yeah, not so much. But I’ll give it a sporting try!