Now I see! There's a picture of it in the stitch glossary of the Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques book too. It shows that you can make these knots individually as wel. I think french knots were also used for depicting hair. See for example the very detailed picture of an embroidered purse in Camille (1998) Medieval art of love, p. 50 The lover depicted on the purse has got blond curly hair, oh..:-)
Oh, I had never noticed the French Knots on that one! Thanks for pointing me to it. These sure could be French Knots, though I can't tell for sure from the photo.
Schuette and Mueller Chirstensen describe the techniques used for this purse in their book Das Stickereiwerk (1963, p. 39): Spalt-, Ketten-, Stiel- und Knotenstiche. I guess Knotenstiche is something like French knots
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