Carolyn Huber meets the challenge

We’d like to thank Carolyn for sending in the photo and story for her piece. Carolyn used the Floral French Knot challenge to make a tin she’d been saving into a mending kit. She used the tin’s lattice-work as background for the wisteria made of varied size French Knots.

Carolyn Huber Wisteria

Carolyn Huber Wisteria

From Carolyn:I found the candy tin and wanted to make a mending kit out of it so I put in my stash until inspiration arrived. As soon as I saw the challenge I knew how I would alter the tin (inspiration arrived!).  The pattern on the tin reminded me of lattice-work, and since wisteria are the perfect flower to do in a french knot and require some type of support, it was a perfect match.
Carolyn Huber Jumping In

Carolyn Huber Jumping In

In addition to adding the beads for the play of light and color I varied the number of threads used in the knots to add dimension.  After I finished  embroidering the vine, I felt the piece really needed a way to transition into the background so I dug up some gold braiding that was originally much too heavy for the piece and separated it.  In doing so the braid no longer was tight enough so I used the blue thread to add some couching and french knots to keep in snug against the edge.

As a pre-pubescent pixie, I did a lot of needle work but stopped as I progressed through my education.  After I graduated I would occasionally revisit it, but until this challenge, I had not picked it up in a long time.  I literally did have to “dig out” my needlework supplies.
What are you working on for the challenge? Let us know in the comment section. If you are ready to send in your photos here is the address:



4 thoughts on “Carolyn Huber meets the challenge

  1. I’m working on a sampler. I have part of it finished, but want to add to it before I send photos. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue working on the sampler as you post more challenges.

    • Hi Chris, A sampler sounds great. I’ve been working on a 4″ x 4″ piece and thinking about using the same size for several of the challenges to bring them together in one piece. It sounds like you are doing a similar type of thing, adding more than one challenge to your sampler. I just wanted to hear from someone out there working away on the challenge :). Thanks for checking in.

  2. Carolyn, your tin is just precious. And your French Knots are tight and even……lovely job!
    Oh, Chris……..a Sampler. That’s a brilliant idea! A great way to see what you have done whilst creating a beautiful wall hanging!
    Hope to get something posted before the end of the month because I know what the next challenge is!!! xoxox

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