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Embroidery how to: french knot

Picture of embroidery how to: french knot
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These are considered to be a nightmare for most embroiders, but I love them. They're very delicate and cute and they never look the same.

Their size can also vary greatly, so you can use them in a ton of ways. You can use them for the center of flowers, as eyes, for polka dots, and even as lines if you're feeling patient. :D I use them more often while dotting i's in text.

To pull off a french knot successfully, you'll need to follow these steps:
  • pull the floss through to the front of the fabric.
  • wrap the floss that's between the fabric and the needle around the needle 1, 2, or 3 times. (One time is a small knot, 2 is medium, 3 is large.)
  • hold the floss tightly so that it is wrapped around the needle.
  • with your other hand, push the needle through to the back of the fabric very close to where the floss emerged.
  • keep holding the floss taut and pull the needle all the way through.
  • practice this a few hundred times until it becomes second nature. :D
You'll knot these on the back as normal. For the cleanest work, tie off between each french knot. Otherwise, the back of your work will look like that last photo, which is a bad thing if you're using light colored fabric!

I've included two sets of photos for maximum learnin' - the first set is a small french knot, and the second is a medium sized french knot.
awojcik17 months ago
I have been cross stitching, sewing, and crocheting for years!! I still have trouble with this darn knot!
jspock-rank10 months ago
Thank you!! :) I knit, I crochet, I sew... All without any issue. I've been doing cross stitch for a long time and STILL can't do these! The pictures in this totally helped! :)
Can you use this to finish a seam on the inside?
jessyratfink (author)  dreiseratops1 year ago
I don't think I'd recommend it - I think the blanket stitch would work much much better. This would take forever and be super nubby. :P
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