Week 16 French Knots
Oh it is only French Knots, don't you believe it. There are over 20 variations on what we call a French Knot and as I couldn't fit them all on this sampler I decided to try four kinds of knots and three knotted stitches.
Firstly I tried in a perle thread but you can't see the differences so then I did them in wool, and it is still hard to see the differences. In the reference books French Knots can have anything from one to 5 twists around the needle. After that it becomes Bullion stitch. I then tried Chinese knots, I love these. They are also called the forbidden stitch because according to legend they could cause the stitcher to go blind, which I can well believe. I was fine with the isolated stitches it was when I tried to put them into a straight line that I started seeing double but I persevered and this is a stitch I will use again. Colonial Knots are two twists, one behind and one in front of the needle, I use this constantly. Danish Knots are worked over a little bar and this is a stitch I will explore further.
The three combination stitches were Knot Stitch, which is kind of like a cross stitch with a knot worked into it. Pistol Stitch, which is just a French Knot worked at the end of a straight stitch. Then there was French Knot Borders Stitch. This has been used a lot in French Embroidery and has great potential. Using different thicknesses of thread can change the look of the stitch but it stays a knot.
I enjoyed researching this stitch and found lots of interesting information about it's history and uses across the globe. Two articles I found interesting were;
Forbidden Stitch in Chinese Emboderies and
Needlework Through History: An Encyclopedia - Catherine Amoroso Leslie - Google Books
I loved the work in this doublet found at Reconstructing History.
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