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French Knot

French knots are a basic element of embroidery that can be strung together to make lines and shapes, or they can make a field of polka dots. Try our pattern for Connect the Dot Pillows to see how pretty these simple knots can be! 

Here's how to make a French knot: 

1. Thread the embroidery needle.

2. Bring the needle up through the fabric to the front. Wrap the thread around the needle three or four times. Keep a tight grip on the thread as you wrap it.


3. Push the needle down through the fabric just next to where it came out, holding the thread tight in your fingers.  Pull the needle through the knot to the back of the fabric. 


Reader Comments (3)

Thank you for your visuals on how to make a french knot - very clear. NOW can this unskilled craft person put it into practice??!!
July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
I need to make this for the eyes of a pioneer doll.....we shall see! Thank you!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Stephens
Thanks! Needed to make eyes for some infant toys I crocheted. They look fantastic now.
January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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