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Flower Frame for Small Knot Garden
March 26, 2010, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Pruned Knot Garden

I love this frame. It was a fleamarket find. And, I’ve made 3 attempts to fill it.

Which of the 3 attempts do you prefer for the frame – or should I keep trying?

Looking forward to your input – in the form of a comment as I can’t figure out how to post a poll.

First, I attempted this abstract design trying to match the colors using diamond eyelet & tied windmill:

Then, I was practicing with various stitches & thought this garden would be better but it ended looking a little overgrown to me:

So, I redid the piece to tone down or pruned the variety stitches from that of the previous piece:

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Pruned Knot Garden
March 26, 2010, 9:53 am
Filed under: Pruned Knot Garden

I got my garden under control! Only 5 stitches were trimmed from my 4&1/2” x 3” area but the difference in stitches made for a cleaner garden:

Far left & right walkway: Alternating Cashmere

Outer rectangular portion (listed in a clockwise manner starting at high noon):

  • Byzantine
  • Triple Leviathan
  • Tied Windmills
  • Ringed Daisies
  • Double Crossed Diamond

Corners of inner square portion: Couched Boucle (dark green) & Criss Cross Hungarian (grey/brown over-dye)

Inner diamond portions: Inner: Woven Cross filled in with Squared Palestrina Knot, Raised Knot, Colonial Knot & French Knot (nice variety of knotted stitches)

Inner diamond border: Upright Crosses

Center portion: Walneto surrounded by tent

Divide walkway from planted areas: Couched Boucle (light green)

Stitch books used:

  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen
  • Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson
  • Stitch Sampler by Lucinda Ganderton
  • Elegant Stitches by Judith Baker Montano