Every once in a while I get an idea for some Hoop Art that I think could be cool… and then I get started on it and its AMAZING, but it takes a LOT longer than I anticipated… so I procrastinate on it. THIS IS NOT THAT! 🙂 When I came up with this Ombre French Knot Ampersand Hoop Art, I got excited! So excited that I put aside every other project and thing on my to do list to work on this prettiness until it was done!

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A few hours later… well more realistically, about 6 hours later, this Ombre French Knot Ampersand Hoop Art was finished and I was in LOVE.

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6 different colors of threads, thousands and thousands of french knots (quite possibly only hundreds and hundreds if we’re being honest), needle-into-finger pokes, a few cuss words and all the warm fuzzies went into the making of this one of a kind piece of art.

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If you follow me on instagram or snapchat, you will have already seen this finished beauty, but I felt it was worth taking the time to share with y’all as well!

Want to make your own? Its a pretty simple project… just a little time consuming!

You’ll need

6 or 7 shades of embroidery thread
Embroidery Needle
Fabric and Batting
Embroidery Hoop
& Template
Fabric Pen/Pencil
Hot Glue
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Step #1. Make your “&” template. To do this I just went into picmonkey.com and used the design option to add a “&” to a white square. I made it as big as I could and then printed if off full size. Turned out about 6 inches tall.

Step #2. Transfer the template to your fabric. Make sure you use a fabric pen or pencil  so you can remover any visible parts later. I used a light box, but you can use a window too! Simply trace around the edges, giving you the shape, and empty space to be filled with french knots!

Step #3. Layer your fabric (with template) and batting into your embroidery hoop. Pull the fabric tight and cinch the outer ring of the embroider hoop to hold it all in place.

Step #4. Decide what order your threads will go in thread your embroidery needle with the first thread.

Step #5. ALL THE FRENCH KNOTS! Go to town adding in your french knots! I changed colors about every inch, purposefully leaving an imperfect edge so the thread colors sort of blended into each other.

Step #6. Fill the whole shape with french knots and finish off your work by sealing your fabric into the hoop with the hot glue.

Put it on the wall and admire your fabulous art work! 

Ombre French Knot Ampersand Hoop Art -BusyBeingJennifer.com

I’m sure we can all agree that the millions and millions of french knots in this Ampersand Hoop Art ( yes. the number is growing. It felt like millions and millions) were worth it! I am totally enamored and still trying to decide if I am going to list it in the shop! In the mean time, this Ampersand Hoop Art is available for CUSTOM orders! Just send me an email at [email protected]

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18 Responses to Ombre French Knot Ampersand Hoop Art

  1. Lauren Spann says:

    that’s darling and perfect for wedding season!
    elle | southern elle style

  2. I absolutely love this. It is pure awesomeness. I love to embroider but I have not tried the french knot! After seeing this…I think I’ll do just that. I love the colors that you used.

  3. This is so cute! You did an awesome job, Jennifer 🙂

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  4. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Hope to see you next week!

  5. I love this Jennifer! It so pretty and the ombre effect is perfect. I can only imagine how much work went into it with all of those knots… yikes. Beautiful though!! Thank so much for linking it up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party this week. Hugs, Lisa

  6. Lynda Hardy says:

    Oh, I love that – it looks like punch needle embroidery, only better! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m pinning this for later.

  7. Such a pretty ombre project. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

  8. So cute and what a fun technique! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  9. JaneEllen says:

    Love this so much Jennifer. So funny how am seeing more embroidery on blogs, sure love your ombre ampersand, inspiring me to get floss, hoop and needles out, get busy. Maybe would keep me from cookie jar. Am going to get floss out to plan colors for ombre effect, hope mine will be as pretty. Have metal ambersand can use for template.
    Think had better practice my knots first, been long time since I embroidered anything. My arthritic hands don’t work too well so will be good therapy for them. Had to quit crocheting few years ago due to hands going numb, loved crocheting but got too painful, have arthritis in fingers and wrists also. See how much fun getting older is? Too bad getting older isn’t a choice we have.
    Enjoy rest of week

  10. Gorgeous! I think you should try a punch needle for a similar look that may take less time (Have one myself that I have yet to try…..) thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday a whole month ago. I am back now after a month unplugged, and the party will be resuming this sunday as well, hope to see you there!

  11. Julie says:

    It’s gorgeous, I have done a liny bit of embroidery involving french knots so I can only guess at what an absolute labour of love this was. Totally worth it.

  12. Rebecca says:

    I love this! These embroidery hoops are all the rage right now :-)! Glad I saw this in the Mix It Up Monday link party!

  13. Jelica says:

    I am really loving the French knot look in embroidery patterns lately – and this one just got me excited about it all over again! The ombre look really looks great (love all your other embroidery projects too)!

  14. That’s super cute Jennifer! I have no idea how to make French Knots will be googling it, LOL. It looks like a very vintage technique. Visiting from Create Link Inspire party.

  15. Oh my goodness such detail and it really looks lovely – well done! Thanks for sharing your handiwork with us at #overthemoon link party and I hope you have a lovely week.

  16. Lynn Woods says:

    This is super cute! I’m glad to see crafts with hoops are making a comeback. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

  17. Amy says:

    This is so cute. Congratulations on being featured on the Pin Junkie link party. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

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