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Stitchtember - Day 17 - Colonial Knot

We've practiced our French knot's on day 3 of Stitchtember, and now it's time for the colonial knot! The colonial knot creates a bigger and rounder knot, compared to the French knot and it's also worked differently too. With French knot's, we are familiar with wrapping the thread around the needle twice, however, with a colonial knot we wrap the thread around the needle in a figure 8 shape. Follow the step-by-step photo and video tutorial below to try your own colonial knot - enjoy!

Colonial knot tutorial


· Fabric – cotton or linen fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


· Embroidery hoop

For your reference, during this tutorial, I am using osnaburg 100% cotton seeded fabric, black DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread, a hand embroidery needle and a 5” DMC beechwood embroidery hoop.

1. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. For this tutorial I start by using all six strands of DMC stranded embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of embroidery thread you would like to work with. The number of threads will determine the size of your colonial knot.

2. Bring your needle through from the back of the fabric to the front at point 1.

3. Create a backwards ‘C’ shape with your thread, using your other hand.

4. Slide your needle underneath the thread.

5. Wrap your thread around your needle in the opposite direction, forming a figure 8.

6. Pull the longer thread to tighten the thread around your needle. Keep the needle in one hand and the longer thread in the other, maintaining a tight tension.

7. Insert the needle into the fabric directly next to the point you came up earlier, but not the same hole.

8. Keep the thread taught as you push the needle into the fabric and pull through to the back.

9. Pull the needle all the way through the fabric, whilst keeping the thread taught in your other hand, until the stitch has formed.

10. Continue to work a few more colonial knots to practice the stitch.

11. Change the number of threads you work with to vary the size of your colonial knot.

Colonial Knot Video Tutorial

Happy Stitching!

Hannah x


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