"Knot" Happening

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So what’s the secret behind executing a perfect French knot? Do you have to be French? Do you need super powers? Does your name have to be Jenny Hart?

It’s been a while since I danced the French Knot and I got a tad frustrated about it tonight. Everything was going great. I finished stitching Abby’s first monster design – all but the two knots I needed to complete the eyes, that is. I thought it would be smooth sailing to project completion. How hard could two little French knots be, right?

The overconfident crafter in me took over and I tried to make a knot from memory. Big mistake. After several failed attempts I finally wised up and grabbed the nearest stitch reference book which happened to be “Embroidery Stitches,” a nifty little book that covers more than “400 Contemporary and Traditional Stitch Patterns.”

But, sadly, the written description and pictures of completed French knots did nothing to conjure memories of the knots I’ve stitched in my crafting past. Crap.

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So I ran upstairs to consult more experts. I grabbed copies of “Sublime Stitching” by Jenny Hart, and “Colorful Stitchery” and “Kids Embroidery” by Kristin Nicholas. Jenny’s book was on top of the pile and I’m happy to report that the diagram on page 36 cleared the fog in my head.

Two wraps around the needle with the pink floss and done. Awesome. I moved on to the second knot. Biffed and had to start over. But I nailed it on the second try. (Thanks Jenny!)

For the record both of Kristin’s books have great illustrations of French knots, too. I also like Melinda Barta’s book, “Hip to Stitch.” You can’t go wrong with any of these titles.

So, for those of you who find yourselves struggling a bit when it comes to remembering how to stitch a French knot. Here’s a diagram I found on Wikipedia. This is a handy option if you’re stitching near a computer, but you might want to invest in an embroidery book if you plan to take your projects to the beach this summer. (Yes, I’m planning to do a lot of beach stitching this summer and really looking forward to it.)

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Crafty annoucements: I shipped my “sassy apron” to my swap partner today along with a recipe and a couple little cooking utensils. I hope she likes it.

Giveaway Report: The randomly selected winners of the Kristin Nicholas book giveaway from CraftSanity episode 70. Karen in Ontario won a copy of “Knitting for Baby” and Liz in Bronxville, NY won a copy of “Kristin Knits.” Congrats ladies! I’ll be shipping those to you ASAP.

Pen Pal Exchange and Fabric Postcard Swap: The sign-up is now closed, so I will be assigning pen pals and swap partners in the coming days. Stay tuned for more details.

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