Before I move on from the topic of french knots (until such time as I am ready to reveal the completed one thousand french knot project), I want to tell you one little thing about them.
I had always found them to be extremely challenging. My hands would get all sweaty and I would curse as I attempted to pull the needle through the wrapped floss. It always sounded so simple when I read how to make one.
When I needed to do them for the Rebecca Ringquist sampler below, I reviewed a tutorial and found the one little secret that no one had ever told me. A millinery needle. It's a needle that is the same diameter from point to eye so it goes through the wrapped floss easily!
Since several of you commented on the challenging nature of the french knot I thought I would share the tip that saved me. I would have never considered doing the number that will be required for this new project before I learned it.
I don't think I ever showed you what my finished sampler looked like after framing. I went for the weathered barnwood look and had the sampler placed over a dark mat so you would be able to easily see the texture of the fabric it was stitched on.
It turned out just the way I had envisioned. Rustic, hand-made, an heirloom to be passed down to some unsuspecting great neice.