I got an email from a reader recently, it said: “I was teaching myself the french knot. Looking at different stitching books I found that there was not one right technique. What technique to you use? `
I know what you mean. I have been told that what I call a French Knot is actually a colonial knot, but to tell you the truth I can’t see one bit of difference, so I call them French Knots.
I haven’t found a really good illustration in a book for French Knots, but I found some good stuff on-line.
–a video tutorial by a stitcher with an excellent reputation.
–an excellent photo tutorial from a quilting shop in NYC.
— another video tutorial.
— an illustrated tutorial (drawings) from Sublime Stitching,
— another YouTube video from Expert Village, which is excellent.
None of these are done on needlepoint canvas. All but the Expert Village one are done on non-evenweave fabric. The thing that will be different about French Knots in needlepoint is that you can come out and go into the fabric in the same hole or over a thread or intersection.
Here are some other things to remember about French Knots:
- the size of the needle makes the biggest difference in the size of the knot
- the thickness of the thread makes a difference as well
- in needlepoint wrapping the thread around the needle once or twice is preferred
- you can make French Knots over a base of Basketweave, so that you don’t have to make solid knots to cover an area, I call this the “Lazy Stitcher’s Method” and use it often; it makes for a less dense look
- French Knots can replace beading