Saturday, March 21, 2009
The french knot. My favorite stitch. Of course a knot would be my favorite stitch. Knot is a great metaphor for me too. Always a little knotted or tangled. Except of course when I am making french knots or embroidering. When my grandmother taught me embroidery when I was very little(I'm menopausal now) I hated them. Would avoid them like the plague and my oh so sweet grandmother would say just practice some day you will love them(I guess maybe my grandmother was a little knotted too now looking back in retrospect). They do require practice but the french knot is the most wonderful stitch to make when it comes out right(and even some times when it's a little off). I guess because it's one of those stitches that require the most attention. Everything has to be just right or you end up with a disaster(which you can very easily just cut off because the whole thing is knotted). You litterally can't just go off to the races like you can with other stitches.
French knots take time, effort and focus and for that reason they are the most meditative stitch too. I've been using them in everything lately even the projects that don't have twigs and berries. And enjoying them immensely.
Finally I would like to thank the embroidery gods for Fiber/Mixed Media and Stitchin Fingers. They are so motivational and inspirational and make me wade just a wee bit into the deeper water. Have a great weekend. Keep stitchin.