The French Knot: Make a Gorgeous Ombré Pendant | Kira Lantz | Skillshare

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The French Knot: Make a Gorgeous Ombré Pendant

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Welcome + Class Overview

    • 2. Materials + Tools

    • 3. Selecting Your Color Palette

    • 4. Preparing Your Embroidery Floss

    • 5. Threading the Needle + Tying the Knot

    • 6. Tracing the Pendant Frame

    • 7. Hoop It Up!

    • 8. Start the Project + Learn the French Knot

    • 9. Finishing + Assembling the Pendant

    • 10. Parting Thoughts

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Master the French knot while making a gorgeous ombré pendant! Some people find the French knot to be a bit tricky, but this class will demonstrate tips and tricks to reliably get more consistent results. And by the end of this project, you will have gotten a LOT of practice. Using only French knots, we will create a unique ombré pendant. Choose a monochromatic gradient for a stylish, subtle look to complement with any outfit, or show your team spirit by selecting your favorite team's colors. No previous embroidery- or jewelry-making-experience required. Join kira to tackle your hesitations and discover new techniques for making great French knots.

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Kira Lantz


kira makes things.

kira is an artist and graphic designer based in Richmond, VA.

As a life-long learner, kira loves to read and take online courses. If she is not knitting, she is probably daydreaming about knitting. She carries around far too many pens.

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1. Welcome + Class Overview: welcome to the French, not make a gorgeous hombre pendant. My name is Kira, and I'm an artist living in Richmond, Virginia. Want to master the tricky French? Not no need to be intimidated. This ditch is often used in hand and birdie and gets a bad rap because many people find it difficult to do correctly. This class will demonstrate a reliable method for creating consistent French knots. The best way to learn a new technique is to practice, and this class project gives you ample opportunity to utilize this new scale. Using Onley French knots, we will create a gorgeous hombre pendant. Choose a monochromatic gray didn't for a stylish, subtle look that will complement any outfit. This textural pendant definitely stands out. No previous embroidery or jewelry making experience required. 2. Materials + Tools: what is needed for this class fabric. I recommend using cotton or unbleached muslin. It doesn't really matter what color you Jews. We're going to cover the entire thing with French knots. Embroidery thread. Find a six strand one, such as DMC, embroidery, floss, a milliner or strong needle. Well, you can use a typical embroidery needle to make French knots. I highly recommend getting a milliner or strong it'll unlike regular embroidered in needles that have a slight bulge of the eye. Milliner needles have a smaller I that is the same diameter as the rest of the shaft. This makes it much easier to slide the needle through our French, not without it getting stuck embroidery hoops. These come and variety of sizes and shapes. Well, the most well known the wooden circle. It consists of an inter frame, another frame and tightening mechanism. My favorite, however, is plastic similar to the wooden frame. It consists of an inner and outer who, however, this one has a ridge on the inner hoop and an accompanying groove on the outer food that match up and gripped the fabric really tightly. No slipping here. Scissors, pendant brains. These come in a variety of different sizes, styles and shapes. My personal favorite, the oval. Oftentimes the purchase of a pennant right may include a necklace is well. These can range in styles from satin cord Teoh silver ball chain. Any type of chain will work felt and glue, depending on the style of your pendant frame. Optional but recommended thread, heaven, thread, conditioner and iron. 3. Selecting Your Color Palette: preparing for your project. The first step is to determine what colors you want to use near pendant. To make a smooth, radiant, choose 3 to 4 colors that will visually blend together. This could be achieved by selecting colors that are in the same color family or are lighter or darker shades of a main color. For example, the green pendant shown in class is made from DMC embroidery Floss in avocado, green light avocado green, very light avocado green and ultra light avocado green. This Siris of colors happens to be in numerical order, however. Sometimes you will have to look under different numbers to find the colors. For example, the purple pendant consists of very dark violet 5 50 dark violet, 3 27 violet 5 53 and light violet 5 54 Other color palettes may not be in the same color name but will still blend well together. For example, the orange pendant is made of two oranges and a yellow dark orange spice, light orange spice and light autumn gold. You can also choose other color schemes. Try make independent in your favorite team's colors to show your team spirit. In this case, the Grady Int will rely on the placement of stitches and not how the colors themselves blend 4. Preparing Your Embroidery Floss: So what to do with these Hanks? Well, first of all, we want to find the end of the floss in this one. We have found the end is right here. Now, in theory, if you pull this, you can pull out length of thread and it should be able to come out, not free. However, I find a better way to keep it. Not free is to put it on one of these thread bobbins. All you do is take the end of your thread, place it so that the end is secured by this notch and then wind it now to select a length of thread. Since we wrapped it on the bottom, we need to find the end of our thread and then unwind as must threaten us. We need we'll want about 18 to 24 inches of thread since we'll double it over to have about 9 to 12 inches of thread. You don't want to have the final length of thread too long, or it may wind up on itself. A fixed the thread to the notch and using a small pair of sharp scissors, snip it. You want to sharp scissors so that you get as clean and edge as possible. This is going to be important for when you are threatening your needle. This embroidery thread comes as a six strand loss. What that means is that there are six individuals trams in the makeup of this plus, So how do you separate them? A good way to do it is to pinch a selection of thread. Take your index finger and tap it. The strands will begin to separate, and you can select a single strand. Gently pull the single strand will pinching the other strand study. The thread may bunch up together, but when the strand is free, it will smooth back into shape. Repeat this so you have two strands. Now we've separated are two strands off the main thread, one at a time. We want to align them together so they're smooth and less inclined to get caught. And not when you don't want it to know. Place your two threads next to each other very close, pinched the end and just run the threads through your fingers, aligning the threads together. And now they are more together as one. Another step that you can do that is totally optional but can help with the threat is using thread heaven. It is a threat conditioner and protectant. All you do is take your thread and run through the conditioner. I'm just going to get the tip first, press the thread down with your thumb and then grabbing the tip, pressing it into the throat protectant and just keep pulling it through. This does a coating on the thread that helps align. It keeps it from nodding and Qingqing smooth it onto the thread between your index finger and thumb, and then you're all set. 5. Threading the Needle + Tying the Knot: now comes apart that some people find tricky threading the needle or a better way to look at it is needle in your thread instead of trying to take your thread, which is flexible and bendy, and shove it through the eye of the needle. What you instead do is hold the threats, so that is maybe an eighth of an inch tall pastor fingers and putting your needle on your thread instead. Vice versa. Go ahead and pull the thread through the needle until its halfway on the thread, so it has doubled over. Now we want to tie a knot so our thread doesn't come undone. What you do is gather up the end of your thread and hold it parallel to the needle. Like so. Pinch the tip of your threat against the needle and wind it three times around it. Pull the tail away from the needle, pinch the raps on the needle gently but firmly and slide the needle through. Continue sliding the thread through the wraps until you get to the end of the thread, at which point you can tighten it. And then you have a neat little not at the end of your drive 6. Tracing the Pendant Frame: the inside of the pendant frame will be filled with knots, So instead of tracing the outside of the frame, we'll trace the inside so we have our fabric right here. I usually end up setting up four tracings of the pendant frame so that I could do multiple pendants at once. You can definitely just do one in the center, but I find it saves fabric because if you do multiple ones, you can set them up in the same hoops space. Whereas if you just did one you'd use of all that fabric anyways. So my this will save some fabric and set up multiple penance. If you plan to make more than one, I'm going to leave the soup here so that we can see the placement of dependence in the hoop . And I'm just using a small tip pen. You can use a pen or pencil. It doesn't really matter, since it's going to get covered with French knots as long as it's not like a heavy, thick marker that's going to bleed through the fabric or be very prominent, you'll be fine. So we're going to set up and trace in the four quadrants just run the tip of our pen along the inside of the pendant frame. It doesn't need to be super neat, because again, we're going to cover it with French knots. I'm going to do three more. And so now we have our fabric marked up, ready to put in the hoop. 7. Hoop It Up!: So now the week marked up our fabric. We're going to mount our fabric in the hoop. Take your hoop, which has an inner ring and an outer ring, as well as this tightening mechanism to adjust the tightness of the outer rain. The way you set up your hoop is to take the entering. Place your fabric on top like so, place your fabric so that design is centered. Then place your out of ring on top of the fabric. Press down so that it sandwiches the fabric between the two hoops and then tighten the nuts before it's completely tightened. Adjust your fabric so that there are no wrinkles and the fabric is taught. This will make it easier to stitch on. All you do is take the excess fabric over the edge and gently tugged. Um, then continue to tighten the nut until it's sufficiently tightened. Then who is running for stitching 8. Start the Project + Learn the French Knot: now that we know what colors we want to use and how many were using to make our transition for radiant, we want to divide our pendant shape to have the right amount of segments. In this instance, we're using four colors, so we want to have four sections. An easy way to do this is to take our pen and make a light line halfway through the pendant . This divides it into two halves. Then we can take the first half and divide it in half again to make borders. Repeat this for the bottom segment. Now we have four sections to go with our four colors. Now that we have our threaded needle and are prepared pendant outline, weaken, start stitching. We're starting with our darkest color in this case, dark violet. You want to take your needle to the backside of the fabric and find where to stick the needle. What you can dio is lightly press against the fabric with the tip of the needle so the indent is visible. But the needle is not poking through the fabric until you find the point where you want your threat to come out and slide the needle up until the not is resting against the back of the fabric that not is going to anchor are threatened. Will we make our first French? Not in order to make your French not grab the thread near the fabric. We're going to use this section here. Hold it taught. Take your needle against the thread and wrap the threat around the needle two times the size of the not depends on how maney wraps you place around the needle, then insert the tip of your needle close, but not in the same spot. You came out of the fabric. Just insert the tip of the needle, but don't push through yet. Pull the thread topped with your other hand. This lives the wraps down the shaft of the needle until is resting against the fabric to look at it from an angle, you can see that the rap threads are now resting at the fabric. Keeping with the thread taught, we're now going to grab our needle on the underside of the fabric and pull our needle through slowly. Let go of the thread when you reach that point and continue to pull the thread until the not forms and now we have our first French. Now, now that we have our first French, not it's time to make a second. I find that it's best not to make our 2nd 1 next to our 1st 1 We're going to want to fill the entire section in with French knots, but I find that if they're too close sequentially, sometimes you run the risk of the thread popping through. And we don't want that. Take your needle and find a spot that is close but not too close to the first Not and do the same thing. Pull the needle through, take your other hand and grab are threatened. Wrap twice around the needle insert. The Neil took very close, but not in the same spot. Pull the thread taught so that the raps slide down the shaft of the needle. Until that wraps, rest against the fabric, take the needle and pull it through. Continue to pull the thread gently until you need to let go of the thread and continue to pull until we have formed our second French, not continue making French knots. One thing to keep in mind is that we want to blend our segments. What that means is we don't want tohave. Ah, harsh line. This line is just a guideline. We're going to want to put some of our darker color above this line and some of our lighter color below this line so that we have a blended radiant instead of very delineated stripes with the blend, it will make more of the ombre effect. Continue filling in with French knots, leaving some space for some of the lighter color in our section and adding some French knots above the line. Here we have a cluster of French knots forming. They are pretty dense. You can't see too much fabric between them. They're three dimensional, so they're popping up from the fabric of it. Gives it this awesome texture. We're going to keep working until we fill in this section, leaving a few spaces for the secondary color 9. Finishing + Assembling the Pendant: When you've finished filling in your pendant with knots, cut it out, leaving 1/2 inch of fabric around the shape. Now we are ready to assemble our pendant. This is a pronged metal frame. If you have a wooden frame, follow the assembly instructions provided with your purchase. Take the slightly domed piece and place your fabric around it. Take the pendant frame peace and shimmy it over the fabric and the domed piece. Careful so that the prongs do not catch any of your knots. You may need to shift the fabric around and pull any stray knots through the frame, opening you, then fold in the fabric and place the back piece in the frame, sandwiching the excess fabric between it. You can use the tip of your scissors or a toothpick to help tuck the fabric between the two pieces. Once the pendant is assembled, press the prongs down toe hold dependent pieces in place. You may want to use a metal thimble to protect your fingers and help push the prongs down. Place it on your pre made necklace quarter chain, and now you have your finished pundit 10. Parting Thoughts: everyone. Great job. You've completed all the lessons in this class. If you haven't uploaded your color palette and in progress photos, please share your work with the rest of the class and we can't wait to see your finish pendants. If you're having any trouble with any parts of the lessons, feel free to reach out. And I will try to help you the best I can. Make sure to download the class handout for some additional information and good sources for supplies. Looking forward to see you next time.