French knot

Surface Embroidery for Needlepointers, a new workshop with Ellen Moore Johnson.

Using Surface Embroidery on Needlepoint

By Ellen Johnson / March 5, 2023

I learned to do surface embroidery before I learned to do needlepoint. Maybe that’s the reason I enjoy embellishing my canvases with French knots so much! (Teehee… 😉 ) Many of the stitches we use to embellish our needlepoint canvases are actually free-style surface embroidery stitches; lazy daisies, French knots, bullion knots, stem stitch, and … Read more

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The lavender flowers are worked in French knots on this canvas by Maggie and Co., Lavender Fields.

All About French Knots

By Ellen Johnson / August 7, 2022

French knots are, by far, my favorite stitch. While the French knot is not “technically” a canvas embroidery stitch, you can definitely use it to add texture and visual interest to your needlepoint projects.  Ellen Johnson

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K. Kringle by Sandra Gilmore - Stitches for Santa's Beard

Stitches For Santa’s Beard

By Ellen Johnson / December 17, 2020

If you get my weekly emails, you know that my stitching on Mardi Gras Santa came to a halt over the weekend. I don’t have some of the threads that I’d like to use on him, so I ordered them. Now, it’s “hurry up and wait” time. 😉 So, while we’re waiting, let’s chat about … Read more

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