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Happy Stitching! How to Embroider a Beautiful French Knot

How to Embroider a French Knot
A french knot may be considered every embroiderer's nightmare. It really takes effort, agreed! However here is help trotting towards you. Leaf through to stitch your french knot ...
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017
Kitchen towel
To borrow the aforementioned statement, french knots are indeed every embroiderer's nightmare! They sincerely are; for the time they demand from you to invest and the effort that you have to staunchly put forth in every stitch you take. Nevertheless, we may affirm that the french knot is an embroiderer's charm that lures him into creating one. A french knot is a type of embroidery stitch that makes you feel proficient with your stitching wizardry and acknowledges the hard work that you have put in. It is indeed a knot that makes you feel worth being an embroiderer. Well, when we are discussing french knot we are talking knots and not just one knot. It is in the actual a cluster of knots that forms one large knot. The knots are beautifully fabricated as they resemble little bulbous structures popping out together.

Make an Embroidery French Knot

Here is a list of what you may need. and following suite are the instructions.

What You Need
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Lots of Time
  • Dollops of patience
What You Need to Do

Prepare yourself
Ensure that you have ample of time in hand. It is necessary that you complete the embroidery as soon as you can. I say this for a reason; and that is, it makes sense to get done with the project before we lose the gusto to touch the finishing curve!

Hoop the fabric
You have the fabric with you. Cotton fabric is what you should work with. Chose the site where you want the french knot to be. With an embroidery hoop in one hand, zoom the portion of cloth where you would conduct the project. The embroidery hoop has two rings. One has to be placed below the fabric and the other has to be placed on it and tightened keeping the fabric in between and pressing it tightly. The hoop ensures that the stitches are consistent, in no way being loose or too compressed.

Begin the Stitch
Now we begin with the first stitch. Take a needle and thread. Slide the needle through the thread and knot the thread securing the two ends. Insert the needle from posterior side of the fabric and bring it up on the front surface of the fabric.

Wind the Needle
This being the next step of the french knot delves on how thick or large you want the knot to be. For a larger more bulbous look of the stitch, wind the thread around the needle tip, two to three times. When you are done with the winding activity, let the needle dive into the same hole from which the needle was initially inserted and brought onto the surface. If you do not want your knot to be too big, you could wind the thread only once. The rest of the procedure remains unchanged. Voila, you are done!

Well, you may stitch french knots wherever you want to embellish and enhance your work. You may couple the french knot with a running stitch to enhance the value of your work. You may enjoy stitching a plethora of patterns and have them do the trick to prove your ability all the more. You may stitch the french knot for various flower designs, scenery or just random patterns that constitute a cluster of dots called french knots. Ideal for embellishing pillow cases, bed covers, handkerchiefs and face towels, they will soon turn into an embroiderer's delight; the condition stagnating at the word, practice!

So, you are in the position to make a french knot all by yourself. Nevertheless, don't forget to practice the stitch until it becomes natural to you. Pay attention, build on patience, and stitch on!