Looking for some tips on how to work a perfect French knot?
A few years ago when I was teaching hand embroidery in workshops, ladies would often groan when I mentioned French knots. Seems that this stitch can cause some frustration.
The good news is that I am going to share with you some of my tips so that you can work the perfect French knot every time.
A French knot is a raised stitch that was traditionally worked with one wrap (by this I mean with one wrap of the thread around the needle).
They have a textural quality and can be used for a number of different effects. Often they are used in conjunction with other embroidery stitches or they can be worked on their own in different color combinations to form wonderful patterns and pictorial designs.
When working French knots it is important that you select the correct size needle in relation to the number of threads. If you find it difficult to pass your needle down into the fabric ,this indicates that your needle is not large enough. As a general guide a number 9-10 crewel needle is fine to use with 2-3 strands of embroidery thread.
Also keep in mind that a larger knot will look neater worked with more strands of thread rather than more wraps around the needle.
Take a few minutes to watch the video demonstration and then practice this stitch for yourself.
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Until next time.