One of the categories in the fair is Candlewicking. Its supposed to be done on beige fabric with beige thread (or cotton candle wicking). I did this last year ~ a scallop shell, which I really liked but it is hard to see beige on beige. So this year, I decided to diversify my entry ~ beige fabric with purple thread ~ my favorite color! Last year I did mine with french knots instead of the colonial knot ~ but I guess it didn't bother the fair folks too much cause I got a blue ribbon on the entry. Hopefully their sensibilities won't be upset with my purple floss this year, its my creative license! I did decide to learn the Colonial Knot.
So, who do I blame for coming up with this knot? Someone from the late 1400's to the 1700's or later. I think you should have 3 hands to accomplish all the twisting and turning around the needle. I did find pretty clear directions with pictures on pinterest and followed the link to this blog http://mysweetprairie.blogspot.com/2012/02/saturday-stitches.html ~ its really not this gals fault that I am uncoordinated!
Here are pictures of the project so far....I've decided sitting at the computer, staring at each step over and over again is really helpful! To me, there is a visible difference between the french & colonial knots. The colonial knot is pouffier looking. Now I have to decide if I am really going to blow the fair ladies minds and do the center of the flower in yellow!
4 hours later.....