[INTRO MUSIC] Hi! It’s Hannah from Stitching Kitchen.
Today we’re talking embroidery and specifically the French knot. I love the
French Knot because it is a really versatile stitch: it can pinpoint little
areas, perfect for an eye on a creature and I love the way it makes a lovely
textured surface, particularly for curly hair for instance so it’s one I use a lot
in my textile art. The French knot is a little bit tricky to master, but I swear
it’s worth the effort and I’m going to show everything you need to get well on
the way to being really great at French knots too. So, let’s get started! I’ve
got a length of stranded cotton which is about as long as my arm which I’ve split
in two so I’ve got three strands here. I’m going to thread my needle which is
bound to be a complete disaster because I’m being filmed… and I’m not wearing my
reading glasses so… Oh! No – we’re okay. So needle threaded. I put a small amount
through and I usually pinch it so it’s nice and straight.
Now, you may have heard my dog growling in the background. First things first, I’m
going to do a knot. So the way that I do that is to put the length – the end – of
the thread down towards the eye of the needle, wrap around a couple of times, pinch it firm and pull through. So, with the French
knot (as with most stitches) you’re coming up from behind – I have a knot in the back
of this thread – and effectively you’re making a knot on the surface. So what
you’re going to do is you’re going to wrap your thread around your needle
three times, if you want a big knot you do it more, if you want a smaller knot
you do it less and then you just bring that thread so it’s taut and push the
needle back through and then just making sure that you have a little bit of
tension on the thread, you will then form a lovely little French knot. So just to
repeat that: you’re going to come up from behind, pull through, wrap your thread one, two,
three times and then plunge your needle back in very close to where you came up. Keep that tension on the wrapped thread so that it doesn’t unravel and then you
do sometimes need to give your a needle a little bit of a tug or a twist to bring
it back through. And there we have it. I’ll do one or two more for luck – I do enjoy a French knot: I find them very therapeutic.
I can spend all day doing these. [singing] one, two, three, and back down. Obviously, if you have
any questions do pop a note in below. I’m happy to answer any questions you
have. One, two, three and back down hopefully that should get you started on
French knots. Thanks for watching! I hope that that’s helped you with your French
knots. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and if you liked and enjoyed the video please give me a thumbs up. You can subscribe to the Stitching Kitchen channel – you can do that below and if you hit the little
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