How to Sew a Colonial Knot Embroidery Stitch

A colonial knot looks a lot like a French knot, and is often used in its place. It is also commonly used in candlewicking, so it's a valuable embroidery stitch to learn. See step 1 below to begin.

Steps

  1. 1
  2. 2
    Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop to help maintain tension on the fabric and keep the stitches from puckering the fabric.
  3. 3
    Pull the threaded needle up through the cloth from the back side.
  4. 4
    Make a backwards "C" shape with your yarn.
  5. 5
    Lay your needle down over the curve, and tuck the point in behind the yarn next to where you came up from the back side.
  6. 6
    Wrap the "working end" of the yarn around the tip of the needle to form a "figure eight" on the needle.
  7. 7
    Pull on the working end of the yarn to snug down the figure eight.
  8. 8
    Poke the loaded needle down next to where it came up (not in the same hole, but just next to it).
  9. 9
    Keep a gentle tension on the working end of the thread as you pull the needle through and snug down the knot.
  10. 10
    Repeat as often as you like for a very easy "French knot" substitute!

Warnings

  • Use appropriate caution with the needle to avoid poking yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Linen
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • Heavy thread or yarn

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