French Knot vs Colonial Knot

The result is sufficiently similar that you can use one or the other regardless, but the method is quite different – which one has your vote? If you don’t care very much for French knots, try your hand at Colonial knots!

Let’s have a look at French knots first, as they are more commonly used. (I’m using 4 strands here, to get a knot that’s big enough that you can see its shape)

1. Twist the thread around the needle 3 times:

French Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

2. Tighten the thread around the needle and keep it tight with your left hand (or right hand if you’re left-handed), then push the needle down through the fabric 1 strand of fabric away (diagonally) from where you started the stitch (don’t go through the initial hole otherwise your knot might get dragged through the fabric).

French Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

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Now let’s look at the Colonial knot, which is actually easier to stitch, once you’ve got your head around it (still using 4 strands, here):

1. (You can see the finished French knot on the left.) For the Colonial knot, you need to create a bridge with the thread, and place your needle under it (that’s the bit that’s likely to mess with your brain, if you’re used to French knots! Notice how the thread twists to the right rather than the left, so you cannot twist it around the needle. That’s why you’ve got to create the curl first (the “bridge”) THEN put the needle through it. This way, it’s a piece of cake!):

Colonial KnotColonial Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

2. Then twist the thread around the needle once, in the opposite direction, creating a figure of 8.

Colonial Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

3. As for a French knot, tighten the thread around your needle and keep it tight with your left hand, while you push the needle down through the fabric just next to where you started the stitch.

Colonial Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

Here they are side by side, French knot on the left, and Colonial knot on the right:

You can’t really tell the difference, can you, except that the Colonial knot is possibly slightly neater. Definitely MY favourite! What about you? Let me know how you get on with these pesky knots 🙂

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French Knot vs Colonial Knot - Faby Reilly Designs

A few design ideas you may like, for which you can use Colonial knots instead of French knots:

Violet Humbug Lavender Sachet Sweet Roses Card Cornflower Biscornu Sepia Rose Biscornu Snowmen Biscornu Victorian Christmas Humbug Secret Garden Sampler

To browse all designs with knots, click HERE.

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