I've seen a lot of discussion lately primarily on Facebook about French Knots and how they are the Devil. Actually just how difficult they are, that they're never consistent, flop around or pull right through your fabric. Many, many, many years ago (like 2001 or so) I took a class from Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams and she taught us how to make Colonial Knots. Since then I've never looked back!
I know some of you out there have actually mastered the French Knot and I envy you and you're a stitching Goddess (God). For the rest of us, this knot is just easier. I do sometimes replace with beads cause that bit of bling is nice... but some designs just call for the rustic look of a knot.
I found out about this video (thanks Bonnie) by Jennifer teaching this technique and I wanted to share it with you. If you have trouble with French Knots check this out. Or ask your stitching friends, at your LNS or other stitchers. I know someone out there will be more than happy to sit down with you and teach you. I've done it many times over the years! I once even sat down and taught Teresa Wentzler, the Queen of Blended Threads (and quarter stitches)!
Here's a closeup of the Colonial Knots I did on my latest Happy Dance, Summer Garden.