I have always wanted to create a knot garden in needlework. This is my first go at one, but with mixed media. I have beads (rules for project is that it had to at least be 50% beads), fabric, paper and embroidery. I purchased some special nails for the center and corners, but they are handcrafted and turned out to be difficult to get into the corners. I was able to get the one in the center, but had to go to plan B for the corners and I used brass needlepoint tacks. Always good to have a plan B (originally this was in case the nails did not arrive in time).
It is worked on sage green 18 count mono canvas with materials from my stash. Each corner represents a season - pink for spring, yellow for summer, dark red for fall and white for winter. Once I decided on the paw print fabric, the name of my project became apparent. The center has blue embroidery floss, not black as is seems in the photo, to represent a water fountain for the park.
I had a lot of fun making this since I could be creative and use all my creative passions. It is mounted on a wood base, which one of my nice neighbors cut and sanded for me since we no longer have a table saw, and he had scraps of wood to share.
Now I just have to package it up and send it off to Maine by March 19th!