I finished a few of my scrolls lately. And the last touch was to attach the art to the backgrounds. For a year or so I’ve been using straight pins. Now, I used different techniques to fit the situations. I included at the end of the post directions for French knots and tailors’ tacks.
This was the piece that started the revolution away from straight pins. I centered the top piece and then as soon as I moved it, it floated off any old which way. I decided French knots on some of the spots would hold it in place. And they worked. I dyed both the fabrics with indigo and black walnuts. They started out white. The thin one is organza which dyes wonderfully well. I think the spots were a gift. Clothes pins are good hanging devices I’ve discovered. I do plan to replace the hanger.
I tacked the organza piece on the top with French knots.
Here the French knots are where there were white spots on the cloth. I just did a few randomly.
Then, I decided the satin piece I’ve been working on should have French knots. I wanted them to be fairly invisible. They are attaching the top to the background fabric I got in the Philippines.
I used tailors’ tacks on this piece from a previous post.
Pins hold this piece.
Directions for making French knots from an embroidery book.
Directions for making tailors’ tacks from a sewing book.
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Maybe you have to be of a certain age to recognize both terms and can do them? I always preferred tailor’s tacks to mark fabric instead of the alternatives. As always, your works are amazing!