Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 49: Colonial Knot

My homework was to add some Colonial Knots to this piece:

which I did. Can you see the white dots?


As Colonial Knot is not a new stitch to me, I have some old items to show.
They are both miniature whole cloth quilts, entered into the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham 2012


and 2013




 The Colonial Knot is absolutely one of my favorites, the movement of the hand soon becomes automatic and is so relaxing. It would take a long time to make a full bedsize quilt of candle wicking, but it would be a labour of love! Maybe one day?!


I also updated my Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart


19 comments:

  1. What a lot of knots! I'm a big fan of French Knots and these look very similar.

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    1. They are very similar in looks but the workings is different. I think you like one of the other, and stitch to it the rest of your life.

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  2. And my word, the Colonial Knots would be perfect by the time you'd done a bedspread full of them!

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    1. Well, maybe, or maybe not. Do you know the question: Have you taught 1,000 lessons or one lesson 1,000 times? if you make the same mistake throughout the whole bedspread, they will all be imperfect!

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  3. Wow, gorgeous work.
    I love French Knots and have never tried Colonial Knots, must have a go soon!
    Oh no, not a whole bedspread ..... that would be truly amazing.
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  4. Very nice examples. I like doing them, but haven't done anything large.

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  5. Queenie, your Colonial Knots on your sampler are well done!
    And your two miniature whole cloth quilts are lovely.
    I agree that by the time you had worked a bedspread of those knots
    they'd be 'perfect.' And you could punch them out in your sleep.

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    1. Yes, this stitch is for the sleepwalker, well the sleep stitcher of course. The quality of the knots might vary on a large item like a bedspread. If the quilt is too bulky in your lap and you lose the tension...

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  6. I think these look more controlled than the French knots and I plan to find a use for them soon.

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    1. It is essential to use a hoop or frame with a good tension.

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  7. You can build up a rhythm with this stitch. I did a whole queen sized quilt. Then because I liked it so much I did all the sashing as well. I got really carried away. Love your miniture quilt.

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    1. Wow, you did! Fantastic! Didn't you find it hard doing the middle part with all the quilt bundled up around the hoop or frame?

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    2. Carolyn, do you have a photo of your quilt? It sounds amazing.

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  8. I love your candle Wicking! I have never tried it as it seems too elegant for my simple, cluttered home.

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    1. You know you could do it with colored thread on a printed piece of fabric and not pay attention to tension, and it would be modern design, homely arty and fun for the cats to play with!

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  9. I like how the Colonial Knots give a lift to the sampler.
    Looove the quilt and book cover.
    I prefer CKs to FKs as they sit neatly to the fabric. MY FKs tend to wobble.
    I have made a round table cloth with CKs, about 1 metre wide with knitted fringe. It's a seductive stitch.

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    1. I agree, the CK gets a firmer grip on the needle and therefore sits steadier on the fabric, but good tension in the hoop and both hands free to control the movements are essential.

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