French knots are fun to make!

Hi there! I’ve had soooo much fun reading your comments about your favorite kind of embroidery – and who taught you to stitch! Thank you for sharing with me. 🙂

Did you take some time every day this past week to work on one of your projects?

It’s amazing how much you can get done in as little as 30 minutes.

I’m helping with a needlepoint project at my church right now. Our nave was recently updated – we’re getting a new organ and the choir got new chairs, so we’re stitching cushions for them.

Here’s a picture of one in progress…

 

Stitching cushions for the new chairs at Christ Church

 

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get at least a few threads in every day – along with my other projects.

That one small action keeps me moving toward my goal of finishing on schedule.

How about you? What are you working on right now?

(Be sure and tell me in the comments box below. Remember, every time you comment on one of my posts during National Embroidery Month 2018, your name will be entered to win a Rainbow Gallery “Happy Hearts” thread bouquet.)

I’ve been working on new “how-to” stitch videos for The Stitcher’s Club and one of them is all about French knots.

I absolutely adore French knots!

I could sit and make them for hours on end, but some people get tripped up by them. Are you one of those folks?

I shot a short video last week while I was working on samples for those Stitcher’s Club videos and I posted it over on Instagram. Did you see it? It’s also on the Serendipity Facebook page.

After I’d posted that little stitch video, I got this idea…

Since it’s National Embroidery Month, what if I posted a quickie “how-to” stitch video on social media every day for a week? They won’t be like the detailed ones inside The Stitcher’s Club, but they’ll be good enough to help you with a stitch that might be stumping you.

Sound good? YAY!!! Ooooh…this is gonna be oodles of F-U-N!!!

Now, what would you like to see demonstrated? Tell me in the comments box below or …

send me an email. (And, yes – this will be another chance for you to have your name entered into the drawing for the thread bouquet from Rainbow Gallery, so be sure and share your ideas.)

I’ll start things off by re-shooting the video for how to make a French knot.

I’ll include sound this time, so you can follow along with me as I stitch.

Then…

I’ll post a new Stitch Snippet “how-to” video every day this week over on the Serendipity Facebook page, based on what you request.

And in one short week, you can learn (or brush up on) seven embroidery stitches!

Use those stitches on your needlepoint or knitting projects, then snap a picture and share it on social media. Be sure and use our special National Embroidery Month hashtag – #serendipitystitcher, so it’s easy to find your photos. I can’t share any details yet, but trust me – it’ll be worth it to post a pic or two. 😉 

Join the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook group, if you want to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the really good stuff, either.

Just click here to request an invitation now (and be sure to answer those two quick questions), then I’ll take care of the rest for you. We have a terrific bunch of folks over there and I’d love to have you join us. The more the merrier!

Well, I guess I’d better get busy on that new French knot video for you.

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. Cornelia Stienen

    February 8, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Am currently working on a cross stitch design by Dimension – Wise owl. Also learning a blanket stitch in embroidery.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Hi Cornelia! Thanks for sharing your current PIP. 🙂 (That’s what I call a project-in-progress.) I’d love to see a picture of it if it’s not too much trouble. You can post it on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page. Just click here. Great suggestion on blanket stitch…I’ll add it to the list. Again, thank you for taking the time to write. It’s always a treat to hear from my Serendipity family. 🙂 Have a happy Thursday!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen

      Reply
    • Ellen Allen

      February 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      How about a bullion knot? Just don’ Get it consistently. Love this idea😍

      Reply
      • Ellen Johnson

        February 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm

        Great idea, Ellen! 🙂
        I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a happy weekend!
        XOXO!!!
        Ellen

        Reply
  2. Pat

    February 8, 2018 at 6:35 am

    I love doing French “nots”. I call them that because most of my friends don’t like doing them. I consider myself the FNE. French Not Expert!

    I’d like to see you post the turkey stitch or one that looks like a Pom Pom.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Hi Pat! Love your “title”! Thanks for taking the time to write and for sharing your suggestion. I’ll add it to the list. 🙂 Have a happy Thursday!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  3. Lin Sanchez

    February 8, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Turkey work! Or more specifically cutting the loops & trimming so they’re even. Great idea. Really enjoy your tips.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Hi Lin! Thank you for taking the time to write and share your suggestion. I’ll definitely add it to my list. I’m so glad you enjoy hearing from me. It’s a joy to be able to share what I’ve learned through the years. 🙂
      Happy Thursday!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  4. El Mathias

    February 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Can you please show us how to stitch a Colonial Knot on video, Ellen? Thanks. El ❤️

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Hi El!
      I’ll definitely add it to my list. Thanks for your suggestion. 🙂
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen

      Reply
  5. Robin R Gress

    February 8, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I’m continuing work on one of the world’s oldest WIPs–a Christmas stocking that’s been in the bars for roughly 30(!) years. It was the second canvas I ever bought, long before I was ready for a complicated piece. So, it’s been my own tutorial, and I’m now about 2/3 done. I’m definitely going to finish it this year! I’d love to see a demo of long and short.
    Thanks Ellen.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Robin!
      Thanks for taking the time to write. Hang in there on that stocking…you’re nearly done! 😉 I’ll add the long and short stitch to my list – great idea! It’s always a treat to hear from my Serendipity family, so the pleasure’s all mine!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  6. Shirley Meadows

    February 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I am currently working on an apron & matching pot holders with embrodiery. Have finished one pot holder; working on apron. This is an old project from my stash, came from my husbands retail store a long time ago! Color printed lines on ready to use pot holders & apron. It is a “portable” project.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      That sounds like a wonderful project, Shirley! I love those small pieces that you can just “grab and go” when you need something to keep your hands busy – especially while waiting at the doctor’s office, etc. I’d love to see a picture if it’s not too much trouble. 🙂
      Thanks for taking the time to write and have a very happy weekend!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  7. kathy Curtis

    February 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I love what long & short looks like but can’t do it myself on needlepoint canvas. Also, I echo the request for help with trimming Turkey Work. How short can you trim the edges before you start to worry the stitches will pull out?

    Thanks for your help! Kathy

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Kathy!
      Thank you for writing. 🙂 I’ll be sure and add your requests to my list. Keep an eye on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page for new stitch tutorials.
      And it’s my pleasure to be able to help.
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  8. Kathleen O'Neill-Smith

    February 10, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I am starting a floral piece my son gave me for Christmas. I would like to see a good stitch to use for flower petals.
    Enjoy your sharing.
    Thanks, Kathleen

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Kathleen!
      Thank you for writing. 🙂
      I’d love to see a picture of your piece so I can make a good suggestion. You can email me a picture at ellen@www.serendipityneedleworks.com or you can post one on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page. Just click here to hop over and post one.
      Again, thank you for writing and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
      All my best,
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  9. Berniece Sullivan

    February 16, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I would like to see Nobuko stitch in a video. I tried it once with little success for some reason.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 16, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Hello there, Berniece! So glad to hear from you. 🙂
      I’ll definitely add the Nobuko stitch to my list of stitches to add to the library inside The Stitcher’s Club.
      Thank you for sharing with me.
      Have a happy Friday!
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  10. Berniece Sullivan

    February 16, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I am still working on Mr & Mrs for a wedding gift. Having fun with it but want to finish and get back to another WIP that says “Heaven’s the place where all the cats you have ever loved come to greet you”.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      February 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Hang in there, Berniece! You’ll be done soon, I’m sure. 🙂 And I LOVE that kitty saying! I’d be itching to get back to it, too. 😉
      Thank you for taking the time to write. It’s always a joy to hear from my peeps.;)
      XOXO!!!
      Ellen 🙂

      Reply
  11. KATHLEEN

    March 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I am currently working on a Cardinal in Birdbath.

    Reply
    • Ellen Johnson

      March 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      That sounds lovely, Kathleen! Cardinals are my favorite bird. I’d love to see a picture of your project if it’s not too much trouble. 🙂

      Reply

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