As the name speaks, it’s a knot stitch. Saying in a nutshell, it’s an embroidery design made with just many knots combined. French knot is one of the tough stitching styles. It is feared by many, but once you get it, you will use it in the most creative manner to produce some awesome embroidery art.
Follow these step by step processes and just practice a few knots, and you are way to go!
Before we start, you will need the following items to practice the French knot.
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery floss (of different colour, if you may)
- A pair of scissors
Now lets begin with the step by step process.
- Like at the beginning of all other embroidery projects, place a suitable fabric on the hoop, and tread in the needle. Make sure the fabric on the hop is tightly tied. Begin by selecting a suitable spot and put in the needle through the bottom side of the fabric. French knot method requires both of your hands on work, so make sure the hoop is on lap. Stretch the floss at the point, from where the needle was bought out, the point which is attached to the fabric. Place the needle right near and in front of it.
- Wrapt the floss around the thread according to the size of the knot you want. (preferred 2 to 3 times). After you are down with the twist wrapping of the thread around the needle, put in the needle through right beside, very close to the earlier spot. Make sure you don’t put it throught the same hole, it will result in the entre knot to dismiss and come out of the fabric.
- Now let the entire needle go down the fabric, while the coiling of the floss bundle up on the fabric and here is your first french knot!
French knots are a bit difficult, but once you are in practice, there is a lot of scope of creativity with this technique. You can make various kinds of shapes, patterns, flowers, animals, etc. French knots are also widely used as fillings.