Tuesday, January 22, 2008

French Knots



Of all the embroidery stitches, I believe that the french knot is and always has been my favorite. I was probably around 9 or 10 years old when I first learned how to make one, and I thought it was magic! In 10th grade I got kicked out of my math class for embroidering while the teacher lectured, (sorry but it was the only way I could keep from falling asleep!). I had to report to the principal's office for my punishment. After explaining to the secretary why I was sent down to see the principle, she smiled and requested to see my embroidery. I still remember how kind she was, telling me that my french knots were beautiful, and letting me skip seeing the principle and allowing me to go hang out in the library. The librarian was equally kind to me, and said that any time a teacher did not want me in their class, (something that happened more then once) I was more then welcome to come spend my time in the library!

Pictured above is the latest in my small art quilt series. I call it "Amoeba in Pink and Green". It features approximately 275 french knots. They are just like eating potato chips, I just can't stop at one!

9 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Loved the story and the embroidered piece!

jewelstreet said...

That is one of the most beautiful stories ever. I had the same problem in school except instead of embroidery it was writing stories.

I think the piece is absolutely beautiful. Love the colors.

Shannon said...

That's gorgeous. And a great story behind the french knots. I love pieces with stories. :)

dottydesigns said...

Oh I just love your embroidery and I bet you skipped loads of maths classes after that but who cares about maths, embroidery is far better for you x

Waltraud said...

A wonderful piece!

picciolo said...

I love this, you are certainly french knot crazy!!
: )

Cicada Studio said...

This is my personal color combo. I feel it!

This piece is just lovely!

Punkinhead said...

I never mastered the french knot, but I want to! Especially when yours are so inspiring!

Victoria said...

Thanks everyone!