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How to Embroider the French Knot

Updated: Oct 5


Texture Terrarium Stitch Along Day 2: French Knot

We'll be using the French Knot to add the second textural layer to our terrarium ground. The French Knot always reminds me of popcorn because it can be made in varying sizes and pops off the fabric.


The Stitch:

The French Knot stitch creates small dots or knots on the front of your fabric. Knots can be made in various sizes and overlap. This stitch can often be tricky for new stitchers, because it's a two handed stitch that relies heavily on tension. Because this is a terrarium, this layer is meant to represent rock and be filled with dirt, so don't worry if your knots aren't perfect!


Watch the video below for how to embroider the French Knot stitch and scroll down for a step-by-step guide + information on how to join the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along with Pattern Club.


How To Video:



Step by Step Guide:


1. To start, pass your threaded needle from the back of your fabric to the front.


2. Hold your needle in your dominant hand and pinch the thread about 4 inches away from where it comes out of the fabric.


3. Between where you are pinching the thread and where it comes out of the fabric, wrap the thread around your needle two or three times. The more you wrap the thread around the needle, the bigger your knot will be.


4. Keeping the thread taught, push your needle in to your fabric next to where you previously came up through the fabric. Before pushing the needle all the way through the fabric, make sure your thread is tightly wrapped around your needle. If it is loose or loopy, you will have a loose or loopy knot.


5. Pull tightly until the thread is knotted on the front. It is important to keep your thread taught throughout this process.



Want to join in the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along? During July 2021 you can join Pattern Club and stitch this design along with us for only $10! If clubs aren't your thing or it's not July, you can purchase the digital pattern here. Then follow along with each blog post to learn how to create each embroidery stitch used in this Textural Terrarium. You can also find more colorful and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns and kits in the MCreativeJ shop.