EASY Embroidery Stitches – FRENCH KNOT


When I started off embroidering, I kinda just made it up as I went along. It was only later on that I found out that the stitches I was doing actually had a name! For most of my pieces, I use satin stitch, french knots and stem stitch (all of which will be outlined step by step in my stitches series). So without further a do, here’s how to create a french knot!00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180824162532431_COVER

All you will need is a needle, thread and some fabric. I’m using heavy cotton fabric, this thread and these needles. Before I start all the stitches, I separate my thread as shown in the picture.


I LOVE French Knots! Something about them is just so cute and fun, and they can add some interesting texture to an otherwise flat piece of embroidery.

00100dportrait_00100_burst20180824161744546_cover1.jpg1 – Start by tying a knot at the end of your thread and threading it through the needle. Take your needle through the back of the fabric as shown.

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180824161830758_COVER (1)2 – Wrap the thread around your needle two to three times (the more wraps around the needle makes a bigger knot) as shown.

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180824161912757_COVER3 – Pass the needle back through the fabric right next to where the thread comes through the fabric. Remember to keep hold of the thread next to the needle to keep the wrapped thread tight.

img_20180824_161941.jpg4 – Pull the needle back through the fabric, still holding the thread taught, until only the knot is left on top of the fabric.


IMG_20180824_162041And you are left with a little french knot! They can be used for so many things from flowers to eyes to broccoli stems!

Thanks for reading and good-luck on your embroidery endeavours!

Lorna x


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