French knots are tedious to make, especially when you want to fill a design with them. But I love them, I love how they look, I love what you can do with them. So I patiently sit and twirl my threads around the needle 20, 50, 100 times if need be because the end result is so pleasing.
I was watching a program last night about women who have made it in business against all odds, and one of them said, "It's harder than you can even imagine. There are no shortcuts. If you pay attention you can do anything you want to do." I loved her honesty -- there are no shortcuts.
No shortcuts; just a lot of hard work, a lot of passion, and belief in yourself -- and attention to detail. And when you're knocked down, get up again and keep going!