A few weeks ago, when my Mom was visiting, we did a BUNCH of shopping! While we were out and about I stumbled across a little project inspiration in the form of a tea towel that had some nifty large french knot embroidery on it. So my brain went to spinning, and this French Knot Stag Head Pillow was born! In my brain at least, it took a little longer to come to actual life.
But when it did, oh boy! Is this one a winner! I am totally and utterly in love this this French Knot Stag Head Pillow!!
Now this is a little bit different than my last french knot project. Instead of using regular embroidery floss, I used this Caron Simply Soft yarn! The texture and size of each french knot is practically perfection!
To get the outline of the stag head, I used a free coloring sheet I found online, used my light box and fabric pen to transfer the outline onto my fabric “farmhouse-ish” fabric. Then it was just a matter of finding an embroidery needle with a large enough eye on it to handle yarn!
A few hours later, I was in french knot heaven!
All told this French Knot Stag Head Pillow took about 6 hours of “knotting”. Along with a few curses, a band aid, squeals of excitement and several “ooohhh I like it!”s.
A few tips if you want to give this kind of project a try yourself 🙂
- A looser woven fabric won’t “pull” as much when you bring the needle and yarn through.
- A slightly thinker needle, that makes a larger hole, will make pulling the yarn through a little easier.
- Use the largest embroidery hoop you have to fit the whole outline in. It can be a bit of a pain to work with, but the knots are thick and it can make shifting the fabric to work in a new area a bigger pain then the larger hoop.
This is also probably the biggest finished pillow I’ve made to date. It measures 20 by 20 is is the perfect “frame” for all those french knots! Seriously in love with this French Knot Stag Head Pillow project! I think I need to do this in a rainbow of colors too!
**UPDATE** After a WHOLE bunch of people asked, this beauty has been added to my shop! Purchase RIGHT HERE! Custom color options are also available!