UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You just read the better and improved version
French knots are part of the knotted stitches family and often used to accentuate parts of embroidery. They form a very textured surface if clouded together but look great scattered around, too.
Here is how it works:
French knots need a little bit of practice to make them evenly everytime. There are also a lot of variations and different knots around. Some wrap the thread like an 8 or use more/less wraps.
Here are some great pieces of art using the french knot:
Here are some examples how I used french knots in my embroidery:
Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the CHAIN STITCH curated in a Pinterest board: