Let’s learn how to do a French knot in hand embroidery! The French Knot is one of the most common stitches in hand embroidery. They are very simple and look great in floral embroidery. This Stitch can be done very quickly and can be mastered with not much practice at all. With this tutorial, I hope you can become fluent in this stitch in no time.
How to do a French Knot
Let’s start learning how to make this embroidery stitch, firstly in this tutorial, I am using all 6 strands of embroidery floss. If you are a beginner I recommend using all 6 strands.
Useful blog posts for Beginners in Embroidery
Here are a few useful blog posts for those that are learning embroidery
- Avoid These 10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Hand Embroidery
- The Best Embroidery Stitch for Lettering
- Free Printable Beginner Embroidery Pattern
To Start your French Knot
- Thread your needle and knot off the end of the floss. For a beginner, use quite a decent length of embroidery floss. This will be easier to wrap around the needle which we will do later on.
2. Bring your needle up through the back of the fabric where you want the knot to go
3. Wrap the embroidery floss around the needle 2 to 3 times.
4. Push the needle back into the fabric
5. Hold the embroidery floss gently whilst you pull the entire length of floss through.
And that’s it!
You should now have a perfect French knot. It may take a couple of goes to completely master this type of hand embroidery stitch. Once mastered it will definitely be one of your most-used stitches, especially in floral embroidery.
The Most Common Problem found when Making a French Knot
This is the most common problem people face when learning how to make a French knot…
The needle is Bigger than the Floss
If your needle is bigger than the floss, the knot can end up going through to the back of the fabric rather than sitting on the surface. To fix this, simply use a skinnier needle or use more strands of embroidery floss. With practice, you will most likely come across this problem. It is very easy to fix and the knot can be easily undone so your work won’t be ruined.
Tips and Tricks to Succeed
- Try holding different tensions on the floss for different-looking knots.
- Don’t wrap the floss around the needle more than 3 times.
- Don’t Wrap the floss around the needle less than 2 times.
- Push the needle back through the same hole or very very close to the same hole the needle came out of.
- For a floral effect try doing many French knots together.
I hope by the end of this you were able to make a perfect French knot, I know at first it will be challenging but if you stay consistent with practice you will succeed in no time. The French knot is such an important stitch in the hand embroidery world and is a lot easier than it looks.
For more hand embroidery tutorials, try some of these:
- Free Floral Embroidery Pattern | A Step by Step Tutorial
- How To Make Your Own Watercolor Embroidery Art
- 5 Unique Ways to Stitch Hand Embroidery Leaves
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