Week fifteen of the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is the french knot. Over on Sharon's blog she has shared a great tutorial of how to execute this stitch together with some tips on how to solve common problems that are encountered with it. It is not a difficult stitch but suffice it to say that the more you stitch it the better you get!!
I filled in a section of my sampler with french knots using a variegated cotton floss. I wrapped the needle three times before creating the knot.
I do like the beautiful texture that a grouping of knots gives and I have even used it as an alternative to seed stitch to quilt three layers together.
I am sure that one of the most common uses is to create the centre of daisy flowers as well as the eyes for appliqued people and creatures.
However, it is also a very useful stitch for couching as in this silk ribbon bow which I added to a crazy quilt block.
It was also used to couch this piece of rick rack in place and I like the extra decoration it adds to the trim.
There are lots more uses pictured over on Sharon's french knot page and if you look at the comments section of the post you will find links to lots of over TAST blog posts where you can have a look at what other TAST participants have used them for! Have fun browsing!!