All About French Knots

Posted by on Mar 09, 2014

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French knots are one of the most loved embroidery techniques. They are quick to make and have a lot of versatility with how you can incorporate them into your embroidery projects. French knots date as far back as the medieval era and are still used today in the same ways they were hundreds of years ago. French knots are just as they sound, small knots made with a needle and thread. Many think french knots resemble small rosebuds and I would have to agree, they are just darling. Using french knots in embroidery projects has so many possibilities, not only are they gorgeous in numbers but they shine on their own as well. The french knot technique is easy to learn but takes practice to master. I have provided a few links to tutorials to get you started. Below the tutorials are some of my most favorite french knot projects that have inspired me and hopefully they will inspire you too. 


French Knot Tutorials

Mary Corbet from Needle n Thread shares her video tutorial on how to make french knots. She also has many other embroidery tutorials and free embroidery patterns on her site.

Fool Proof French Knot
If you prefer text instructions, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching shares her awesome fool-proof french knot technique on her site. 
French Knot Tutorial
This last tutorial will give you a visual example of real life application. Monika Kinner from My Sweet Prairie shares her french knot tutorial on her site. 

French Knot Inspiration

French Knot Embroidery Art
Lily of the Valley Embroidery
This is by my favorite embroidery artist, Yumiko Higuchi. She created this gorgeous lilly of the valley piece using french knots. You can see her other work on her site, Embroidery Art by Yukimo Higuchi.
Dandelion French Knot Embroidery
Simple Soft Dandelions
This is a more simple french knot project but it doesn't leave less of an impression. The soft colors combined with the use of ink on the fabric make for beautiful art. These were done by Julia of Hand Knitted Things.
French Knot Sheep
French Knot Flock
This is an adorable way to use french knots. The way that french knots are shaped makes for a great texture that looks like fur so sheep are a favorite for them! These little guys were done by Incy Wincy.
French Knot Retro Portrait
Retro Style French Knot Art
This is an example that really tickles my love for all things retro. This portrait by Stacie Jay is completely done with french knots!
French Knot Flowers
French Knot Blooms
This embroidery art with poppies is a good use of french knots and the color use is just bananas, I love it! It was made by Lynn Furman from Sidereal
French Knot Tank Top
French Knot Sherbet
Incorporating french knots into your wardrobe is something I don't nearly see enough of! I love this tank top by Printosaurus on Etsy! The ombre french knots in bright fiery colors just makes me want to go put french knots on everything I own. 

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