Sunday, July 1, 2012

how to: french knots

I thought I'd publish this quick basic tutorial for french knots. I use them a lot for tiny eyes, noses and details, so they appear regularly in my patterns. This is how Larissa Holland does it. You may have a different method. But this works well for me! I recently updated the Wee Mouse Tin House pattern by adding this knot tutorial on the Resources page. It is also included in the new TravelWees pattern. Keep in mind I was photographing this myself, so I couldn't have my hand on the needle and the camera button at the same time. I drew in a quick stand-in for my fingers up there.
  • You can make your knot look bigger or smaller depending on how many strands of floss you use.
  • You can also make the knot look long instead of round by wrapping the floss around the needle more than two times.
  • Use lots and lots of knots to completely fill an area with nobbly texture.

And in a completely unrelated note, we just came back from a lovely week of VBS in Huntsvegas this last week. Jordan Park church always does an outstanding job! It is not a week of fluffety fluff, nosiree, there is always lots of great Bible teaching, but done in a way that is engaging and fun for kids. My girls LOVED every minute and were sad when it was over. Thanks to all the talented and creative teachers/helpers who made it happen, including my mom and my sister Leigh. I'm still singing the VBS Bible songs in my head. They are so catchy!


  1. This is by far the best picture of how to do this I have ever seen. I have always struggled with french knots to the point where I have unfinished projects. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  2. This is great for me, since I have not perfect this knot al all....Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

  3. Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus....

    I realize you're very good at this sort of thing with probably years of instruction and practice, but I'm a newbie; I'd like to have a "textbook", a sort of encyclopedia of stitches handy that I can refer to when I'm stitching on my couch. Can you recommend such a thing: Since I'm REALLY new at this, I'd REALLY like a book that shows, step by step, how to do the stitch and how the stitch looks when it's done.

    Thanks for bearing with me.

    Matthew Ferszt

    1. Hi, Matthew! Grace and mercy be to you as well. No worries. Actually I've had no instruction. I taught myself with books. I think the very best teacher is practice. I love my old reference book, Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. I think I found it at a garage sale. They are available online from used book places. It covers the basics plus crazy complex stitches and techniques. You might go to the library and flip through what they have there to see if it will work well. I'm sure any basic needlework book would be fine, and also check out Sublime Stitching's website for great tutorials if the pictures leave you mystified.


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