Welcome to Stitching Sunday! It is a thundery, rainy day today, perfect for stitching in your pyjamas with a hot cup of tea by your side...
Within the first half hour of The Knitting & Stitching Show I learned an embroidery tip that has since saved me time and saved my nerves. Would you like to see?
Get your needle and floss ready, you might want to follow along step by step.
First, wrap the floss twice around the needle
Then pull the wrap higher up the needle, giving you lots of room to insert the needle into the fabric
Needle back through, very close to where it came up
Now anchor that thread! Pull the floss down taut to the fabric before you push the needle through any further, and keep it anchored to the side of the hoop as you pull the needle through the back
This little step - simply anchoring the thread with your thumb at the edge of the hoop - makes a huge difference to the process!
It may help if you set the hoop down on the edge of a table while you’re getting used to this technique, so you have one hand free to pull the needle, the other hand keeping the thread taut.
As you pull, you can gently let loose the thread, at which point the knot should already be secure on the fabric
Keep pulling through and suddenly you’ll have a cute little dimple of a French knot on your fabric.
Try a few of these, it gets easier with practice – which I had plenty of when I made the organza flowers...
Dare I say I actually like making French knots now? Words I never thought I’d say...
What’s on your hoop this weekend? Link up and show us!
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