12 Oct

French Knot Embroidery in Paper

My experiments in making french knots on paper the other week led to working on a larger and more elaborate piece that I finished in the studio on Monday. I took many photos of my progress as I worked. The consistency of my French knots has seen a huge improvement from those first tentative test pieces.

French knots on paper

French knots on paper

I used pale grey embroidery thread on 90lb 11″ x 14″ Strathmore mixed media paper. I drew lines and concentric circles on the back to guide me and made up the design as I went along.

French knots on paper

I pre-punched the holes with the needle before adding the stitches, as you can see in the photo below.

French knots on paper

French knots on paper

The finished piece is lovely and seems to come across as a mandala, which was not intentional. This is one of a few experimental embroidery pieces I will frame and show during the Eastside Culture Crawl in November.

© Rachael Ashe