Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sweet French Knots

Remember how I was in the mood to embroider last night?  Well, this is what I stitched.  You can find the free pattern for the sweet, simple branches and an excellent video tutorial on how to stitch french knots HERE on Early Bird Special

Maybe the rest of you are already cooler than me (figures) and know how to do the french knot stitch (those little green balls).  But I didn't know how until last night.  I've been wanting to know how to stitch french knots for a long time and then yesterday I was reading about it in a wonderful embroidery book I checked out from the library (see yesterday's post), but it still didn't quite click.  Then I saw this wonderful video and it made perfect sense!  Oh, and, by the way, it is mega easy.  Mega.

I stitched it into the corner of this napkin.  Uhh... ignore the wrinkles, will you please?

To transfer the pattern, I just held the napkin up to my computer screen and traced the pattern with my Fine Point Mark-B-Gone Pen.  I've used this pen for a few embroidery projects now and I absolutely love it.  And I'm not generally a fabric pen person.

And, for those of you who are interested, here's what the back looks like.  I tried to keep everything fairly tidy since it's just on a napkin and the back threads will be exposed.  I think I did a pretty good job.  Does anyone know any great tricks or tips for keeping back threads tidy?  Or do you think I did okay? 

When I showed this to Bryan he was (ahem) impressed.  As he should be.  :)  He asked me if I was going to make "the rest of them" all the same. 

As in, he was referring to the rest of the set of napkins.  This caught me a little off guard.  I had sort of lazily thought about making a matching set, but mostly I just did this last night since I was in the mood.  I hadn't really planned on embroidering a whole set of napkins.

Then he added, "Because I think you should just make them all different.  So they all have their own personality."  Aww.  :)  Well, how could I say no to that?  So I've been thinking up some other simple, moderately coordinating patterns to embroider onto the remaining napkins.  But if you have any great ideas please feel free to share in the comments. 

Oh, and, P.S.

When I showed this to Bry and he was looking it over I told him, 
"I really like how it turned out.  Simple and pretty and fresh."

To which he promptly responded, 
"Just like you."

Happy Tuesday!

5 comments:

Polly said...

Looks great!

Early Bird Special said...

Hi Katie! You just made my day! Thank you so much for linking to my tutorial and I'm beyond happy that it helped you learn how to do the French knot! I love that you used the pattern too. You did a fantastic job and I look forward to seeing more of your stitchy creations. ;-)

Kathy Haynie said...

Awww, what a sweeting Bryan is. I want to embroider some birdies on branches.

Anna said...

You constantly impress me.

Patricia said...

What a sweet husband. The napkin is cute, too.