French Knots

Ah, the French! Creators of exotic and tasty things like French fries, French toast, and of course the French Knot. A French Knot sits on the surface of fabric like a shiny bead. And just like a shiny bead, it demands attention!

Here’s how to make a French Knots: Grasp the thread in your left hand and hold it parallel to the fabric. Wind the thread clockwise around the horizontal needle 3 times.

Holding the wound thread in place, scoot the tip of the needle just next to where the thread initially emerged from the fabric. (Don’t pull the thread too tight around the needle.) Poke the needle into the fabric and slowly draw the thread through the knot to the back. The trick here is to continue to gently grip the thread in your left hand so the thread doesn’t tangle as its drawn through the knot.

Here’s a tip: if the thread slips off the needle before you can insert it into the fabric: use the fingernail on your right hand to hold the wound thread into place.

French Knots are the perfect stitch for adding a hit of color, to build texture, or to add an accent mark you can not make with fabric. Use them for flowers, doorknobs, or rows of cabbages.