I am looking for suggestions to use instead of French Knots.
I don't mind french knots and probably hate them as much as the next stitcher, but I think they are inappropriate for my upcoming project.
I am creating a cushion cover for my daughter. I don't want to risk the french knots becoming undone, and I don't want to use beads, because she will play with the cushion, and she is only 2.
I have heard of another knot that is similar to the french knot. but I can't remember what it is.
Any suggestions will be considered.
You might be thinking of a colonial knot. Some people consider it a little easier to do than a French knot. But I think it would have the same downsides as the French knot or beads for your purposes:
How are the French Knots used on your design? It might be easier to suggest an alternative stitch if we knew that.
Since you just want to be sure that the stitches are secure, you could always just do a regular cross stitch for the eyes. It might change the look a little, but probably would work ok.
Or if you wanted a little bit of a raised effect, do something like a Smyrna cross stitch, meaning after you do the 'x', do a vertical stitch, followed by a horizontal stitch over the same two threads. This assumes you are using linen or evenweave, stitching over 2 threads. If you are using Aida, you can do this also. You just have to pierce the fabric the same way you would do fractional stitches on Aida when you do the vertical and horizontal stitches.
I know I probably came to this discussion far too late for your cushion, but for anyone wanting little "dots" that are round, safe, and won't get picked or pulled off from a piece of embroidery.... I suggest the little "granito".
You're just in time! I am currently doing this project at the moment and was still wondering what I was going to do.
This technique seems to be what I am looking for. I'm going to have a go at it on a scrap piece of aida and see if it'll work for me.