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Use French knots individually for tiny details or in groups for a different look. Persevere if you find them tricky to start with – we promise it’s worth the practise to master this beautiful embroidery stitch. A good tip is to pull through gently at the final stage.
French knots are so adaptable, you can use them to add decorative features to almost anything. So if you want to put your new stitching skills into practice, we suggest trying something simple updating a plain scarf into a pretty summer scarf – find out how at the bottom of this post.
To practise this much-loved embroidery stitch, read on for our video guide to how to do French Knots, plus step-by-step walkthrough, then try out your new skills and download our free Make a Wish Embroidery Pattern to embroider your own hoop art, or scroll to the end of this post for our easy scarf embellishment project idea!
Template design by LouiseDay, stitching & instructions by Zoe Patching
How to do French Knots
Thread a sharp embroidery needle with a knotted thread. Hold the needle with one hand, and wrap the thread once around the needle.
Take the needle partially down through the fabric, next to your starting point. Keep the thread taut as you slide the knot down the needle to rest on the surface of the fabric.
Pull the needle through the fabric completely to create a loop. As the loop tightens, it will complete your first French knot.
When working clusters of French knots, work a central knot first and then work a series of other knots around it. Keep the French knots close together, to create a tight cluster.
Stitch French knots on sheer fabric to make a summer scarf…
Refashion a plain scarf with a scattering of French Knots for a pretty way to put this stitch into practise! The white and neon green combination in our example below is a current favourite of ours. The great thing is you can stitch one to match any outfit! Be patient, though, French knots can take time to master… but once you master the magic you’ll never look back. Download our free Embroidery Templates and choose a lightweight scarf to begin. We backed our scarf with similar light fabric, to protect the embroidery.