The Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge for this week is to use french knots with other stitches of the week. First, I want to show some examples of french knots or colonial knots used on their own. These examples include a free hand chalice with the flame filled in with french knots:.
A french knot bee in the middle of a Lori Birminghan needleroll. Showing how french knots look stitched on a grid -- I think that they make the body of the bee three dimensional and similar to the fuzzy bees that fly around the flowers in my garden. If I stitched it again, I would do the wings differently, maybe in satin stitch to change the texture and dimension.
Colonial knot rows from Eileen Bennett's Garden Sampler -- more on the grid stitching. The three dimensional knots look like small flowers or buds and the use of more than one color of thread adds interest to the rows.