May 16, 2012

French vs Colonial Knots Tutorial...

My finished bunny candlemat
Thank you to everyone who commented on my bunny candlemat yesterday. So many of you wanted to know the difference between a Colonial knot and a French knot that I decided to show you today!

All the knots I made for the candlemat were created using three strands of floss. The first thing I always do is "strand" the cotton. That means I separate all the strands of floss and then lay them back together. It really makes them lie nicely and looks better - whether you're doing cross stitch, embroidery or simply making knots.

I'm going to show you the French knot first...
I put a knot in the end of the strands of floss and then bring the needle up from the back of the fabric to the front.

You probably all know how to do this, but I do two twists of the floss around the needle and hold a little tension on it as I place the needle back into the fabric close to where I first came up.

Maintain a gentle tension on the thread until you've pulled it all the way through to the back.
When you're finished pulling the thread through, you'll have one completed French knot.

Now I'll show you the Colonial knot...
Likewise, you'll bring your thread from the back to the front of your fabric...

but instead of wrapping around the needle, you'll simply hold the needle so that the thread goes over the needle on the right side and comes out underneath on the left side...
 and then take the thread back over the end of the needle to form a loose figure eight.

 
Once you can see the figure eight, you'll put the needle down into the fabric near where you originally came up through the fabric, and pull the figure eight down the needle until it rests on the fabric. Again, maintain tension as you pull the needle and the extra thread down through the fabric.

French knot on top. Colonial knot on bottom.
The result is a knot that's a little larger and it almost resembles a tiny rose. One of the benefits for me in making a Colonial knot over a French knot is that many times, my French knot follows the thread right through the hole when I make it and I have to redo it. (grrrr!) That never has happened when I make the Colonial knot. Ever. Reason enough for me to choose the Colonial over the French.

My finished candlemat using Colonial knots for the buds.
I hope you'll be able to create your own Colonial knots now. If you have any questions, please ask and I'll answer them in the comments section. **I'll add this tutorial to the "Free BW Patterns & Tutorials" link on my menu bar, so if you want to use it again in the future, you'll know where to find it.

I love the added touch that you get from the embroidery on this piece. It's all finished now, so on to my next little project!
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Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Excellent tutorial. I have never done a Colonial Knot, but I definitely will try it as a new stitch learned. I like the look a lot more than the French Knot. They do look like roses.
xx, Carol

Chris said...

I love colonial knots...I suck at French knots :)

moosecraft said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! Looks like I'm going to be the next Colonial Knot groupie! lol! It's simply a better looking knot... :-)

Claudia said...

Thanks for this tutorial, Donna. I am a veteran at French Knots, but I haven't tried the Colonial Knot.

xo
Claudia

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Thanks so much for showung the colonial knot I think I like that one better!!

Sue said...

Great tutorial, Donna! I love making the colonial knots too and for the same reason.


Hope you are enjoying your stitching. Have you tried the Quilt Pro yet? I'm anxious to get mine next month!

Vickie said...

That was a very nice tutorial Donna. I like French Knots very much. I even made an entire poodle out of them. :)

Sherri said...

Donna, that candlemat is just the cutest thing! I love it!!!

Createology said...

How beautiful your colonial knots are. Much preferred to the "puny" french knot. I shall try these. Your candle mat is gorgeous and the embroidery vine and knots really add so much to the finished piece. Thank you for doing such a wonderful tutorial showing how to actually do colonial knots. Blissful stitching my dear...

laurajane said...

Thank you Donna ,I will try the colonial knot,as I have trouble with losing French knots too.
The candle mat is lovely.xx

Queenie Believe said...

Your bunny mat is wonderful! I love all the handwork, beautiful. I did not know about colonial knots and me having worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation -lol- It is a lovely knot. I really like the fuller, flower-like shape!
Thank you for the tutorial!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Deb said...

I'm going to have to try these Colonial knots - I think they look better than French knots!

Minimiss said...

So cute and great little tutorial.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I'm going to try this one!

Very cute candle mat!

Patty said...

The candle mat looks great, thanks for the tutorial, love when I learn something new.

DeeDee said...

This is beautiful.. and I love the colonial knot much better. thanks for showing this to us... I never would have tried it myself.... cute lil mat too...

Did your stuff arrive safely?

Sandi said...

Another sweet project, your additional touches are just perfection. Great tutorial.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Thanks soooo much for the great tutorial, Donna. I think I can do this!! Gonna try soon 'cause I know exactly what you mean about the French Knots slipping thru the holes!! :0)

Hugs,
Stephanie

Michelle May said...

Love a Colonial knot. Great tutorial.

Junie said...

OH MY Gosh, that is a great knot. I have been doing the french knot since I was 17, and I have seen many years since. I have g-children I have taught to emborider and now I have a new knot to show them. Thank you so very much. I love your new project it is really quit the cute piece. makes me want to do one also. LOL

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