Are you a beader or a French knot fan?
One of the the most hated stitches in cross stitch is the French knot. More so than back stitch, it's one of those things you either tolerate or hate. And boy do most people hate it. Have a look on any forum, magazine advice section, Facebook page or twitter feed and the French knot debate will be out in force.
I'm yet to come across anyone who jumps up and down in joy squealing "ooh I love French knots" but I'm sure they're out there. Strange unnatural fetishes are everywhere after all.
Personally, I hate them. They're fiddly, they don't sit neatly, they're never of a uniform size, they untie at the drop of a hat or pull through the fabric and you find hours of work undone in an instant.
|Pretty much the only time I use French knots is |
to dot the i's and j's in writing.
Which is why it is so great that there is a useful, quick, easy, simple alternative to the French knot:
The humble seed bead.
I think it was a store holder at a craft fair in Townsville some 10 or so years ago who first suggested to me using seed beads instead of French knots.
|The first time I used seed beads instead of French knots.|
Angel of Dreams by Dimensions
Okay, so you do have the added challenge of not tipping over the seed bead container, or losing your beads down the side of the couch or in the carpet. But we wouldn't want it to be too easy now, would we?
|This painted cross stitch pattern has far too many French knots|
for comfort. But never fear - I have my seed beads ready to go
|My bead collection|
|One of my earliest beading attempts. Not too bad, although|
the thread one on the left needs to be tightened!