A New Finish and the French Knot Conquered!

I set a goal for myself to finish my second wonder bookmark this weekend.

Mission Accomplished.

It looks absolutely amazing. I am very happy with the end result. The colours really pop on the black fabric just as I hoped they would. I now have a bookmark for me, made by me that reflects me and one of my favourite stories.

Wonder Bookmark - Round 2
Wonder Bookmark – Round 2

I ended up making a couple more modifications to the colours I used, specifically for the pawn. I didn’t think it really worked having the pawn the same colour as the rabbit. I think I made the right decision with the last-minute colour change.

Another major change to this bookmark compared to the first one I stitched is I did ALL of the french knots. French knots have been the bane of my stitching existence. I have struggled with them since I was a beginner stitcher. I watched tutorial after tutorial and had instructional photos from all over and yet I still couldn’t seem to get them right, no matter how hard I tried.

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The French Knot (Source: http://handembroidery.ning.com/)

On the first wonder bookmark I only did the french knots that were 100% required – specifically on the clock face and the eyes on the flowers.  It has been well over a year since I have even attempted a french knot so I thought it would give it a try this time around.

The funniest part of all this to me is that over that year of avoiding french knots at all costs, I actually completely forgot how to make one. So there I was googling tutorials just like when I had first learned them and failed at them. I felt like I was getting off to a GREAT start.

The wonder bookmark pattern calls for a total of twenty-four french knots.  The first time I stitched it I managed a grand total of seven of them, and poorly at that. This second bookmark boasts ALL TWENTY-FOUR, and as far as I can tell only three or four of them are really terrible. The good ones far outnumber the bad ones. I was very proud of my french knots, and this now has me wishing I had tried a little harder and tried to finish all of them on the first bookmark. I think they really complete the bookmark. I guess all it really takes is enough practice to finally get them right! Now I just need to not forget how… I think after finishing this bookmark today though I will no longer be avoiding patterns that call for french knots. Who knew today would be a day for such an accomplishment! I just may actually look for a pattern with french knots to stitch up soon!

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One thought on “A New Finish and the French Knot Conquered!

  1. Love this bookmark so much! And it’s fabulous that you’ve conquered the french knot. Whenever I think I’ve done it I always manage to screw it up again. Can’t wait to see what other french-knot patterns you do 🙂

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