Mummy sheep is almost finished!

French knots are a great way to give the impression of sheep's wool. Here, they are being worked to make a small family of sheep on a baby blanket! Learn the process, and how to stitch French knots over at Hillview Embroidery.
Slow progress is still progress! And Mummy Sheep is now almost done! Well, the French knots are anyway!

It’s time for my three weekly ‘check in’ with the piece I am working as part of the SAL organised by Avis. And I’m happy to say this regular accountability check is doing wonders for the progress of this piece!

The last time we saw this piece I had made quite some progress on Mummy sheep, but she was still lacking some wool!

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Now, thanks mainly to my stitching girls catch up, Mummy sheep has a full coat of wool! I can still see the problems with it I’ve told you about before, but they aren’t going anywhere, and I’m not going to undo it and start again, so it is what it is! Maybe once the baby sheep and some flowers, bees and grass are in it won’t be so obvious.

French knots are a great way to give the impression of sheep's wool. Here, they are being worked to make a small family of sheep on a baby blanket! Look at the result over at Hillview Embroidery!

You will also notice that I’ve branched out and popped in legs in something other than French Knots! I decided on chain stitch for them and I think that was probably not a bad decision. I haven’t completely decided on how to stitch the facial features. I am currently thinking of satin stitch for eyes, and stem stitch for the mouth. And I should probably also pop a nose in!

So next up, the baby sheep! I’m actually pleasantly surprised at how quickly this moves along if I just stitch a little at a time.

Do make sure you head over to everyone else’s blogs to see what they have been up to as well! There are some beautiful pieces to look at!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan, Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaWendy

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51 thoughts on “Mummy sheep is almost finished!”

  1. I love your woolly sheep and can’t see the “problem” if I don’t look back at your post where you pointed it out. Isn’t it strange that, even though there are no stitch targets/deadlines, we all still want to stitch a reasonable amount to share on SAL day?

    1. Thanks Avis and I’m sure it’s not as noticeable as I think it is! That’s what I love about this SAL! I always want to show some progress, no matter how small!

      1. I’ve got a bit added motivation too, as the baby that this was supposed to be for is almost one, and if I get a wriggle on it could almost be called a first birthday present!

  2. Mummy sheep looks almost ready to have a lamb to keep her company, and it’s almost Spring, so you’ll be very seasonal! I went back and read the previous post because I couldn’t remember what your “problem” was. Maybe you can see/feel where there’s a slight difference in knots or thread, but honestly, it doesn’t show in the photos. Mummy sheep looks as if she has a beautiful wooly coat, and I can’t wait to see what expression you give her once you start adding face detail.

    1. Thanks Claire ? I’m sure we are always more critical of ourselves than others are of us! She is definitely ready for a lamb to join her! Let’s hope I get quite a bit done in the next three weeks!

  3. I don’t know what the difference in texture might be between your different types of threads but in terms of color I think the variations are a bonus. Wool straight from the sheep is rarely pristine!

    1. I’m counting on the ‘nature’ effect with this piece! I actually think now it is all finished it isn’t nearly as noticeable. Or I’m just better at squinting at it in bad light!

  4. I love french knots and the texture they give. I’m going to have a look back and see your previous posts now as I’m curious about this ‘mistake’ – I’m struggling to see what’s wrong at this point!
    Thank you so much for stopping by to share at #HandmadeMonday, we are very happy you joined us.

  5. It´s always a nice feeling having finished parts in a embroidery! I love stitching French knots, but not so many at the same time 🙂 You are doing a great work!

  6. Ohhh my goodness so many French knots LOL. I like doing them to but not sure if Id want to do that many, its sure going to be one gorgeous sheep though. what a great way of making it. It was a Great visit thank you Glenda Australia.

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