Saturday, July 28, 2007

French Knots

This is a project inspired by one of my favorite blogs, the purl bee. I was looking for a project to make my mom for her birthday - something quick but nice. I saw this posted on the bee Monday AM - I had finished the french knots portion by Thursday and the pillow construction by late Friday night.

When I first started, I thought damn, those knots are going to take a long time - will I have the patience? I don't usually do abstract embroidery. Well, I had nothing to worry about - I found making the knots completely addictive. In fact, I have already started to make one for myself.

I am very happy with how this pillow came out. It's even more personal because it contains fabric that my aunt gave me from her stash.

Check out the purl bee's excellent instructions for a french knot sunburst in their Connect the Dot Pillows tutorial.

And here's the back:

The binding is fabric from Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy collection. I bought a couple of yards of it for a wall hanging project I never did. But it makes the most charming detail, and I've used it both in this project, and the shark pillows.