It’s day four of our stitch along! Today are going to cover the last bit of detail work and learn French knots. We will fill in the heads of Mary and Joseph, as well as stitch the star. Let’s get stitching.
French knots are one of my favorites to make. I love the process of making them and beautiful texture they make. The knots on our Nativity hoop are a great place to learn them. Instead of stand alone French knots that you want to be prefect, these knots are bunched together. This means if your knots are perfect no one is going to notice. Putting them all together makes a fantastic texture and removes the focus from one knot to the group.
PRO TIP: Be sure not to pull too hard on your thread will pulling the needle through the fabric. If you pull too hard your needle will be much harder to pull through the fabric.
There is no specific stitch for the star, just a method for stitching around the entire star and making fun texture while doing it.
Start you star with a single straight stitch from the top point to the bottom point. Then come back up to the left of your first stitch on the star outline. Go down to the right of the bottom point of your first stitch. Continue working in a counter clockwise circle, coming up to the left of the last stitch and down to the right. Try to have even stitches so that your middle stitch will go from point to point on the star. (Note: This will work in both directions. If you watch the video I go in a clockwise circle instead of counter clockwise.)
Be sure to watch the video to see how to fill in the headband on Joseph. Note that if you watch this video on a mobile device or directly on youtube the image will appear bigger.