7 days of stitches: the french knot

7 days of stitches: the french knot
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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

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1 // Wrap your thread around the needle twice.

 

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2 // Stick the needle into the fabric right behind the position where your thread comes out. Pull the thread a little bit tighter if your knot is wonky. With your thumb hold the thread in place, with index and middle finger secure the place where the needle comes through the fabric.

 

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3 // Now gently pull the needle through the fabric. Your two fingers under the fabric are there to prevent the knot from slipping through the whole in the fabric. So work slowly, unless you want a wrapped piece of yarn on the back of your embroidery and a little dot on the front.

 

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/fewer wraps.

Here are some great pieces of art using the french knot

mixed media artwork: moss embroidery by Emma Mattson

mixed media artwork: moss embroidery by Emma Mattson


powerful colors in Liz Payne’s hand embroidery pieces

powerful colors in Liz Paynes hand embroidery pieces


hand embroidery on felt by Salley Mavor

hand embroidery on felt by Salley Mavor


flower mandala by Pumora

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Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the FRENCH KNOT curated in a Pinterest board:

french knot pinterest board

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Anne is an embroidery enthusiast living in rural north eastern Germany.

Comments

  1. juanita tagle: May 2, 2017 at 12:03 am

    maravilla aprender contigo gracias Ana

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