Thursday, 25 February 2016

New to Me in February

Welcome to the February New to Me Link Party.

This month I have tried my New to Me's are all embroidery related. I had read somewhere that French Knots and Bullion Knots were easier to stitch with Milliner's needles, and as I am all for making life easier I hunted in my local needlework shops for these.

They are supposedly easier because they don't bulge at the top for the eye like an ordinary sewing needle does, so they are easier to pull through the thread to make the knot. Well, that is the theory anyway!

I gave them a go on my EG project and I have to say that given I was stitching the French knots on canvas and with two threads in the needle, one of which was metallic, it did seem to go much more smoothly than normal. So, I am guessing that the theory is right :)

I have also been trying my hand at ribbon embroidery for the first time. I struggled at first not to pull the ribbon through too tightly but I am hoping that practice in this case will make perfect. I have even attempted ribbon French knots, but haven't got around to taking a photo of that yet. I may just be getting carried away here!

Some of those sparkly new threads that I treated myself to recently have been used for this whipped chain stitch border (another New to Me stitch!) for my EG project too. So there have been lots of firsts in this project already and I am only halfway through it.

So, that's my New to Me's this month, now it is your turn. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Celtic Thistle Stitches

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on February 29th, so you have some time yet to try something new and link up and join the party :)


  1. That's so interesting about your needles, I've been using a milliner's needle for my Sashiko with great success, just decided to try it one day and loved so I'm interested to hear others have tried it too - Chris :D

  2. I use milliner's needles when sewing my hexies together. The eyes are so tiny! Looking forward to seeing the finished embroidery.

  3. I use milliners needles a lot they work beautfully with bullion knots. Wonder if you follow Sharon at pintangle she shares a stitch a week and gives full instructions stitching is coming along so well

  4. Your embroidery is going from strength! Beautiful work and interesting to hear about the milliners needles :)

  5. I hate making French Knots but I think it might be more down to me than the needle! I'll certainly give your tip a go though :)

  6. Thanks for the hint on the needles. I use milliners' for appliqué and for attaching the binding on quilts, but you may just have explained why my bullion knots have always been a disaster!


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