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Sent: May 13, 2008
Hi Stitchers -
Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday! This week's topics include "Angels in our Midst" and "How to Fake A French Knot".
Angels in our Midst is a feature that Channel 3 runs on their news program (one of our local TV stations). One of our customers, Anna-Frances Slade, is a teacher at Milton High School. She shared with me that three of her students are being featured on "Angels in our Midst" for their contributions to Covenant Hospice. The segment will air on Monday, May 19th on the 6pm news. If you're local, be sure to watch. Once it has aired, there will be a link that you can view online and I'll be sure to pass that on next week for those of you far away.
How to Fake a French Knot –
For those of you who don’t like to do french knots, can’t make them even, can’t seem to keep them on the top of your fabric or avoid patterns with French knots, here are a few suggestions:
1. Use a small vertical straight stitch. If you’re stitching on aida, bring your needle up just below the hole and go down just above the hole so that the stitch goes “over the hole”. You’ll probably still want to practice this a few times to get the length of the stitch just right. If you’re stitching on evenweave fabric or linen, just do a straight stitch over one thread.
2. You can also use a tiny cross stitch. As with the straight stitch, place the stitch over the hole in the aida fabric. If you are stitching on linen or evenweave fabric, place the cross stitch over one thread.
3. Use a seed bead (or petite seed bead, depending on the count of your fabric). This method is very popular with stitchers and is often used even when people know how to do french knots.
Whether you decide to use a straight stitch, a tiny cross stitch, a bead, chose the method that is the easiest, looks the best, and fits in with the style of the Cross Stitch Design. You might also elect to learn to do a Colonial Knot. The thread is wrapped around the needle a little differently than a French knot and seems to be easier for a lot of people to master. I personally find them to be a little more uniform than the french knot.
Years ago when I first started working in the shop, I was forced to learn to do French knots because people would come in expecting me to know how to do them. At the age of 14 when my mom taught me to cross stitch, one of us didn’t have the patience (probably me!) for me to master the French knot so most of the time I practiced #1 above. However, at the ripe age of 30, a master needlewoman taught me the Colonial Knot and I was saved! I could then make “perfect French Knots”!! I then proceeded to practice making French knots and can now do them without any discomfort! If you’d like a demonstration, stop by the shop anytime!
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