Embroidering French Knots | Stitch Lessons | @laurenfairwx

Embroidering French Knots | Stitch Lessons | @laurenfairwx

Hi! It’s Lauren, and today on Stitch Lessons,
I’m going to show you how to embroider a french knot. French knots, which basically just look like
a little knot sitting on the surface of your fabric, are a little tricky to make when you
first start, but after some practice, they can add a really cute detail to your work. I use them to add highlights to the eyes of
the plush toys that I sew, but you can dream up all kinds of creative ways to incorporate
them into your work. Here’s how it’s done! Thread a big needle with some six strand embroidery
floss and tie a knot at the end. Then, starting from the back, push your needle
through where you want the french knot to sit and pull the thread through until the
knot catches. Then, pull the thread over to the side and
hold it taught so you can wrap your needle around two times, pretty close to the fabric. Without letting go of the thread or letting
those loops fall off the needle, push the tip back down into the fabric very close to
where it’s coming out, but not in exactly the same spot. Once it looks pretty secure like this, you
can let go of the thread and carefully pull the needle all the way through so the excess
thread forms a knot around the loops, sitting right on top of the fabric. This is what it looks like after a lot of
practice, but since mine didn’t resemble this at all when I started, let’s walk
through that again! Push your needle up from the back where you
want the knot to sit. Hold onto the thread, then loop the tip of
the needle around the thread two times, pretty close to the fabric. To turn the needle and push it back down into
the fabric without losing my loops, I like to press my finger against the loops to kind
of hold them on. Then, push the needle down close to where
the thread is coming out of the fabric and pull it through slowly, waiting to let go
of the thread until the last possible second so the thread wraps around the loops and makes
this nice little knot. The first few times I did this, it didn’t
make anything resembling what I’m showing you right now. The thread just pulled through or it got stuck
in a weird thread-y mess. I was following the steps exactly how I was
reading them but it wasn’t working. I kind of thought it was actually impossible
but I eventually figured it out with lots of practice. So for that reason, I’d say just set up
some fabric you don’t care about in an embroidery hoop and try this over and over until you
get it right. Sometimes, I find it easier to do if I place
the fabric down on the table so I have one less thing to hold onto and I can push the
needle into the table a bit to steady it before I pull it through. This is exactly what I do when I’m working
on a piece too small to put into a hoop like a plush face. I’ve also done a variation where I only
loop the thread around one time instead of two, and the knot turns out a little smaller
if I need it to! Likewise, I just tested out a knot with three
loops and that one ended up being a little bigger. So you have options! And when you’re done, just tie it off onto
another stitch on the back or continue the rest of your stitching. I really like this stitch. I think it works really well anytime you need
a dot and you want it to be a little bit decorative and three-dimensional. And that is how you embroider a french knot! Thanks so much for watching this tutorial. I hope you make something lovely with what
you learned! If you’d like to see more of the hand sewing
and embroidery tutorials in this series, be sure to watch the rest of my Stitch Lessons
playlist. Click one of the videos on the screen or check
the video description for a link. Happy Stitching!

17 thoughts on “Embroidering French Knots | Stitch Lessons | @laurenfairwx

  1. What do you use french knots for? I'm excited to hear your ideas! They're such a cute way to add dimension and texture to your embroidery projects.

  2. New haircut? It's cute!
    And thanks because I've needed this recently but had been having trouble getting it to look right or not knotting up too high… And didn't know what it was called to find a tutorial. Lol

  3. Great tutorial – and I have to agree that it definitely takes practice to make french knots! I was also in the "I'll never be able to do these" mode for a really really long time (seriously, like years) but suddenly I got it so keep practicing everyone!

  4. Thank you! I've never been able to do French knots and have always just skipped over those parts whenever my cross stitching needed it. Very clear and easy to follow tutorial.

  5. I remember you said in a video a while before that you don't like your hair long and don't have time to get a haircut. I love that you got one, because I know you love it yourself and it makes you happy 🙂

  6. French knots have a heck of a learning curve but once I figured them out I was obsessed. I use them for leaves🌳🍁🍂 in projects and varying sizes of the knots really helps give a tree some dimension.

  7. I have yet to try embroidery….
    I have all I need…surprisingly…besides time. Thanks so much for the lessons. When I start, I will be teaching & watching your vids with my 7 yr. old daughter. 😊💖

  8. I've just discovered and watched the whole of this series and I love it! Super helpful videos, I can't wait to get stitching!

  9. Thank you for saying that you had to try it over and over again to get it right. Because I feel like I'm doing exactly what you're doing in the video, but it never turns out. I will just have to practice some more!

  10. So helpful!!! I've been teaching myself embroidery and got every stitch down except for French knots but now I got it!!! Thank u!

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