Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I Hate French Knots!

Well, I think the title just about sums up how I am feeling right now. Not every day, but lots of days, I pick up my embroidery and do a few more French knots. I used to like doing them. Not any more! I am determined to finish this swap item before I move on to the ones that use the satin stitch but I may lose the will to live before I ever knot the last French knot. Stupid, stupid idea!


Moving on from that wee rant.

I have posted my name tag to my swap partner today. I do hope she likes it and I look forward to meeting her at the retreat. I added in a little pin cushion because I suddenly was seeing all these packages arriving at people's homes with 'extras'. I was not prepared. So I quickly made a very simple pinnie but put in a HR gnome to try and make up for the simpleness.

I too went for the lanyard.
In fact there is no pin option on the back because
none of my local sewing shops sold something so useful.
But they did have the clasp I would need for the lanyard.
Well, that made up my mind.
If you are my partner and are reading this - hope you don't mind!

One gnome - to the side so you don't have to stick pins into him,
unless you really want to!
And a word of advice, if you are tempted to pull a few weeds in your garden as the soil is so soft from all the rain - yes, they do come up very easily. But they also have the tendency to flick the mud all over you and your nice clean jacket. Which, if you are my jacket, is no longer nice and clean. But it will be when it comes out the laundry!

Susan

30 comments:

  1. ....but they look so bloody fantastic :)

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  2. What she ^^^ said. They look awesome. I'll take this one, the other can have the satin stitch yes?

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  3. awww jeez.. extras? really?

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  4. No, I want the French knots one, ignore the others twinnie ;o)

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  5. You became speckled? That used to happen to my brothers and I as we rode our bikes after a rain...only the speckles went up our backs.

    Maybe nature was commenting on French Knots.

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  6. I love the French Knots. And yeah weeding after wet weather is often a very messy business

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  7. oh dear, those french knots!!! But it is looking good!

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  8. you are funny! I can imagine you making French knots, while cursing, sat in your muddy jacket!!
    You might hate them now but they look bloody good!
    The tag is lovely, your daisy stitching is beautiful. Great lanyard and the pincushion is adorable!

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  9. I hate French knots too, I always do colonial knots now. With you on the weeding too, I have been doing some today and the mud gets everywhere! Hugs

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  10. But the french knots look so pretty (says the one who can't embroider a sodding thing!!)

    Love your tag and the pincushion x

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  11. Oh those French knots are getting to you! The name tag is lovely as is the pinny. Lucky partner! Weeding in the rain is an extreme sport in my book ;) Di x

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  12. I know they're a drag, but those french knots are looking fabulous! They will be so well appreciated when it's finished. Next time, garden in appropriate clothing! Jxo

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  13. I love your embroidery and your name tag is so cute!!

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  14. I did think you'd set yourself a humungous challenge. You're not doing all 4 like this are you?

    BTW did your thyme ever recover?

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  15. loving the french knots they look great but don't think I'd have the staying power to do that many.

    I don't do weeding I rely on my 5 year old to get mud everywhere.

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  16. Keep it up!

    And don't fall out with the satin stitch!

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  17. I'd have abandoned the Union Jack with all those French Knots ages ago!! You're a martyr!! I hope the recipient appreciates your extreme dedication to the cause!!

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  18. i can't do that so i don't know but it looks really good

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  19. Keep going with the French knots, they are looking so good.

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  20. Well thats what you get for being so silly to think pulling weeds up ...havent you ever heard of weed killer?

    I sincerely hope you dont lose the will to live. I enjoy reading your posts.

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  21. Keep knotting!
    Gardening? Fool!

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  22. I hate french knots too, have always hated them even when I was learning to embroider from my Grandmother when I was 5. You are doing great, they look awesome. I did not send much by way of extras, I wanted to keep the parcel as small as possible, your pincushion is wonderful.

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  23. I wish I knew how to embroider...I just make all the stitches and they come out looking the same.

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  24. French Knots! Yuk! Hear you on the weeding front. I got covered in mud yesterday too and gave up.

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  25. They look fabulous! Keep going, my dear.
    Right - the extras. I was totally unprepared for them. Sorry Partner, you get just the tag. Now your little pin cushion is just adorable. I'd avoid pinning that cute little gnome as best I could :)

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  26. Weed pulling???...what the heck is that???? LOL...did I tell you I have a wildflower garden :o)

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  27. But don't they look good?!! (Although I do colonial knots these days as I find they sit better than my French knots!) I love the name tag and the pincushion - your partner will be thrilled!

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  28. That's exactly why I don't join in swaps, I have no idea how much to send. The last private swap I did, she sent me LOADS of stuff and I'd just sent a bit so I felt guilty.

    I think the french knots look amazing, but I understand how you feel about them!

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