This was the point I stopped at when the SAL originally started - I took one look at the basque knots and chickened out! Turns out though, they really aren't that difficult to do and make a very nice border stitch in this instance:
For my freebie project for the month I chose a spring design by La Comtesse - she has many many beautiful seasonal designs! I stitched this spring freebie on a 28ct Jazlyn in a green/yellow solo from Chromatic Alchemy and used Mo's Sale silks and a Silk Mill silk:
I will confess I had initially planned to make a flat fold a la Vonna @ The Twisted Stitcher - but when it came to it I was feeling lazy and didn't feel like all the cutting and sticking required! So with some mount board and wadding, I laced my stitching on one piece of board and the backing fabric on to another and stitched the two together.
I had thought to make some cording, but this piece is quite big and without a cording drill I didn't really feel like making over a metre of cording by hand :). I considered embellishing it with buttons and/or sequins, but eventually thought I would just let the gorgeous fabric and silks do all the talking! I get my little easels from The Works (I think just about every town in the UK has one of these shops!), they are an inexpensive way to display small pieces without the need for holes in the wall and make it easy to change things up with the seasons.
So after all that, my percentage of threads used this month has risen to 7.58% - halfway to my annual goal, thanks to Box of Delights. My number of different stitches used this year now stands at 21, not too shabby!