Helpful Tips That will help you On Making French Knots
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Helpful Tips That will help you On Making French Knots

Helpful Tips On Making French Knots

Helpful Tips On Making French Knots

French knots can help you a lot in embroidery. However, it can also be your big problem. The French knot is a beautiful and multipurpose little stitch. Clustered together, French knots create a dense, textured filling. Scattered loosely, they add an airy lightness to embroidery. And as isolated stitches, they make perfect little accents. The French knot can be difficult to conquer, that’s why you will be needing this helpful tips:

  1. To start, bring your working thread to the front of the fabric. Then bring your needle up behind your working thread and wrap the thread around the needle twice.

  1. Most of us will change the weight of our knots by changing the number of wraps on the needle. If you wrap the thread once, you’ll end up with a smaller knot, and if you wrap it three times, you’ll end up with a larger knot.

  1. I recommend changing the thread weight when making smaller and larger knots to get consistently good results with French knots with two wraps. Be informed, though, that knots made with more than three wraps are more likely to go amuck during the making and to comeloose or be disarrangedup after the embroidery is finished.

  1. With the wraps on the needle, bring the tip of the needle down to the fabric, right next to where you’re working thread first emerged. Do not enter in the same hole as the working thread. As an alternative, take the needle into the fabric just next to the original hole, leaving a small space of fabric between. The arrow in the photo above points to the space left between the beginning of the stitch and the end.

  1. As you pull your needle and thread through the wraps and through the fabric to the back, pull slowly and keep the working thread under tension.

  1. Hold onto that thread with your thumb or a spare finger until there’s only a little bit of thread remaining above the fabric. When there’s only an inch or so of thread remaining on the front, you can let go of it and continue to pull it through to finish the stitch.

  1. Finally, you have a small cluster of four French knots, all fairly equal in size and consistent in shape.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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