The addition of French knots has created a directional movement. I put a book underneath (after I stitched the piece to my pajamas--of course I cut a hole in the pjs rather than cut the threads of my precious French knots) and was able to work on the top, making the French knots work up faster.
Maybe because I've done so many (The Pen, yeah the pens are all French knots, took me 3 yrs),
I still prefer French knots to thread beads. They seem to stand out better...for me.