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French knot

                   French knot, most of us know how to work french knot. Yet i am sharing this post with some tips and tricks to get a perfect knot. French knot can be worked firmly i.e, getting firm knots and also bit free ( loose) knots also. Observe below picture, center circle worked with red color and also two heart shapes are firm knots, where as to its right and left side triangles are freely worked knots. Both knots has its own charm and can be worked according to one's requirement or pattern requirement.

French knot flower

                      Simple method to work french knot, observe below collage. Here i have worked with two strands of thread. Bring thread out, place needle below thread as shown in picture, wrap thread firmly (not too tight) two or three times as shown, holding thread firmly with left hand pierce needle close to the point where you started, and positioning of needle should be 90 degree (vertical) while pulling back thread. By holding needle vertically, you get perfect knot with small dent in center presenting the effect of bud.

French Knot

                     In same way lets work free french knots and not firm as above. Bring thread out as shown below. Wrap loosely , two or three wraps.

French knot
             Holding one end of thread with left hand, pierce needle closely where you started. 

Tip: Here while pulling down needle towards backside of fabric, keep needle slant towards yourself with an angle of 35 degree and other end of thread exactly opposite to needle, by this way the loops formed will fall to one side and knot holding loops will fall opposite side.

French knot

French knot

                  Tips: To vary with size of knot, to get bigger or smaller knot, instead wrapping too many times to get bigger knot or don't warp few times to get smaller knot. Always warp two or three times not more than that. Instead of increasing number of warps play with number of strands .

                 Observe below picture, here is small exercise where french knot is worked with 2 strands to 6 strands of thread and simple comparison is shown. 

French knot comparison

               French worked in pink color are firm knots and where as knots worked with green color is freely worked. As mentioned in picture, first one is worked with 2s of thread both firm and loose knot, it goes so on till 6 strands of thread.

French Knot

                Observing above exercise and applying on a pattern in above picture, here tip of pattern is worked with single strand of thread and gradually number of strands increases as the pattern goes down.  So to achieve perfect French Knot warp two or three times while playing with number of strands.


  1. Very good ...usefull idea, Thank you for sharing it

  2. great ideas for roses. very beautiful roses. Fantastic work.


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