I basically learned to do french knots by trial and error. But I recently ran across a video that I highly recommend a watch if you are trying to do french knots. This video is AMAZING! Its chalk full of info about french knots.
This is how I do my french knots now for my sheep and well anywhere else I put them. I am working on better photos and maybe a video to show this so please holler if you have questions but here is a basic view of it.
If you need a guide to where you need to fill in with french knots you can just go around the outer edge of the say sheeps body with just half stitches / and then they will be covered up once you do your french knots. I will work on photos and stuff though to do a better job of showing this as soon as I get a bit of time. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions though email@example.com anytime! The next photo down shows what I wrote by hand above using thread but I need to do better photos of this and a video. Anyways its the same thing as the flower center section below I just do it for everything now.
So my May Little Sheep Virtues is Wisdom. The sheep in this chart has 2 different colors in its fleece. I think its supposed to turn into a pattern but since I wanted to use french knots for the fleece I didn’t worry to much about the pattern. Figured I would get questions on how I did the 2 different colors so I tried to take some photos that show what I did.
1. I stitched the outline of the sheep and then fill it in completely with my lightest fill color so my darker color will pop against it. I ONLY fill in like this on looser weave fabrics like this 16 count aida. If you dont and you use a light color the darker background of the fabric will show around your french knots in spots. Also this helps support the knots from popping back out the back if you pull to hard as it makes the holes smaller.
2. This is what it looks like all filled in.
3. 3a. 3b. Next I decided to go with the darker first since there were fewer stitches of those. I loosely put the french knots about where it showed on the pattern -ish. Since I put the french knots in the holes at the corner of each cross stitch it is never exact since there are more holes than cross stitch sections ( if that makes sense ). I started out this way following the pattern as charted and then realized that it really didn’t matter LOL as if there was a pattern to it there was no way it was going to show up so I just kind of went randomly here and there with the darker color.
4. This is what it looks like after I have both the light and the dark french knots put in. Nice part is you can always go back and add a dark one here or a light one there if when you are done with the over all look something sticks out as off.
5. Wala! 2 different color fluffy sheep fleece. Don’t get hung up on perfect knots. Its a sheep.. they are slobs and rarely even bother picking hay out of their coats let alone have each curl in place.
UPDATE: I DO NOT DO MY FRENCH KNOTS THIS WAY ANYMORE – I will leave this though so you can see another way you CAN do them though if you want to
Thanks for the video on French knots. I was wondering if you cross stitched the body in first. The video answered my question. Fill more confident in doing them now. As soon as I finish stitching the project I am doing for my brother-in-law, and stitch something cute, I will send a photo. Love your videos!❤️
I just love, love, love the sheep with the French knots and going forward am not going to be able to “unsee” that “look” in any sheep designs. LOL. I’m going to try your technique in 2023. Thank you so much for your generosity and willingness to share your love of stitching with us.
LOL Have fun!!! Sheep just gotta be fluffy ya know!! All the best in 2023! Happy Stitching!! Felicia ❤️