French knots are essentially a decorative knot on the front of an embroidery. They add a bit of 3 dimensional texture to any piece. Here's how we'll use the French knot stitch in the Stained Glass Sampler embroidery pattern. Get the pattern here or join Pattern Club to stitch along with us. Watch the video and check out the step-by-step tutorial below.
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.