Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another French Knot Extravaganza!

Why do I do this to myself?  Why do I decide to stitch motifs of millions of little french knots?  You would have thought I would have learned by now but I never do!  Here I am, so behind in all my round robins suddenly and I decide to make this tree on Ely's garden themed blocks of almost a whole skein of french knots.  Well, I have to admit I love the way they look and I don't think you can beat french knots for foliage on trees or a topiary.  For this particular tree, I used french knots with two wraps, using two strands of DMC cotton floss for the foliage. For the trunk, I tweeded two colours of brown DMC, one strand of each, and chain stitched up and down to give it some texture.  I also spent almost a whole day trailing through the shops trying to find a vintage dinky toy, the kind with the rubber tires that come off the wheels, because I thought it was calling out for a tire swing.  No luck on my treasure hunt this time though.

So, this is Ely's block in its entirety.  As you can see. I grabbed that big white space right off the bat.  I think though that in order not to be too greedy, I will leave it with just the tree on it and suggest to the other stitchers in the round robin that they add to it as a garden theme.  One thing all those french knots did was give me lots of time to think about what to do on the other spots so I am ready now to finish up the other spaces - they are all planned out.  Then I will get it off in the mail and on its way to the next stitcher.

8 comments:

Rachel said...

The French knots certainly make good foliage - that's a wonderfully textured tree!

Gerry Krueger said...

How about a black faucet or hose washer? Love the tree... Gerry K>

Jules said...

The knots look fantastic! I only wish I had the patience to do them.

Maureen said...

I think the tree is great! I'm a French Knot lover too.

Karen said...

Beautiful tree!!!

Cathy K said...

I love that tree, but I think perhaps you need a vacation!! Say, Colorado??? :-) Hugs, Cathy

MosaicMagpie said...

What a great tree and you are right if you could have found a small tire, how cute that would have been.
Debbie

so-crazy said...

That tree is awesome great job. Hugs Linda