Colonial Knot Step by Step Tutorial

Colonial Knot is sometimes called Figure Eight Knot and it is often used in candlewicking embroidery so is also called a Candlewicking Knot. This surface embroidery stitch at first glance  looks very much like a French knot but it is worked slightly differently as you create the knot by looping the needle around the thread rather than wrapping the thread around the needle.

How to hand embroider a Colonial Knot Stitch

To work Colonial Knot, bring your thread up through the fabric.

Colonial Knot step 1

Hold the thread in your left hand slightly loose. Start with  your needle pointing away from you and to the left of the thread. Slide the needle under the thread, towards the right  then flip the needle over your thread. This loop can be formed in a hooking motion by turning the needle in anti-clockwise direction 180 degrees over the working thread so that the thread forms a figure 8 around the needle.

Colonial Knot step 2Take the needle to the back of the fabric next where it first emerged but not in the same hole. Before you pull it through make sure the loop is snug around the shaft of the needle. Pull through and you have a colonial knot!

Colonial Knot step 3Colonial knots take a bit if practice to create the knot, but once your hands understand the mechanics of the stitch, it is easy to work.

Many stitchers prefer this to French knots and find them quicker and easier to work. Colonial knots take up less thread that french knots too so they are economical on resources as well as time. They are great if you work them in silk ribbon and since silk ribbon is costly some people substitute Colonial knots for French knots  when ever they work in silk. You can also work slightly thicker thread easily using this stitch it is after all used in candlewicking embroidery.

Anyway enjoy leaning this stitch and make some comparisons yourself. 


Stitch 25 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

Twisted chain stitch Rope stitch sample
This week the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge stitch is Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. These are two very similar stitches. Rope stitch is  twisted chain stitch worked closely together so I am inclined to group them together. They are also an example of a stitch that can look very different if you play with the spacing. You can also lengthen the ‘arms’ of  each stitch to produce an interesting barbed line that can used in floral sprays.

This stitch is not difficult to work and you will find you move along the line quite quickly. Since the stitch is member of the chain stitch it will follow a curve well and is very useful if you want a line that is solid but not regular chain stitch. It can add variety and make your work look that little bit different without much extra effort.

The tutorial for Twisted Chain stitch and Rope Stitch not only illustrates how to work this stitch but also shares a few samples to give you some ideas on how it might be used.
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How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are new to hand embroidery learn Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. If you are experienced push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Twisted Chain and Rope stitch page telling us where we can see it.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  Use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.




Beaded Feathered Chain Stitch Tutorial

Beaded feathered chain stitch is worked in the same manner as Feathered Chain Stitch but you thread beads on to the tail as readers can see by the illustrations.

How to work Beaded stitches tip!

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

How to hand embroider Beaded feathered chain stitch

Check out the  Feathered chain stitch tutorial  before doing the beaded variety of this stitch. The main thing is that you understand the mechanics of the stitch. If you have not worked it before it is a good idea to work a line or so of Feathered Chain Stitch so that you have it down before adding beads to the process. It is not hard to add beads to stitches but trying to learn a stitch and add beads at the same time can lead to tangles and frustration. It does go smoother if you know the basic stitch before you work this variety. That said, this the beaded variety is very easy to work.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step1Create a long tail chain stitch worked at an angle.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 2Thread 2 or 3 seed beads or a bugle bead on to the working thread before taking the needle to the back of the fabric.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 3Bring the needle up close to where the thread goes into the fabric on the previous stitch and create a chain stitch.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 3Once again thread beads on your working thread before taking it to the back of your fabric

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 5Repeat the process along the line.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 6This last sample is single units of beaded long tail chain stitch. You can find more beaded varieties in this tutorial here

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7

As Always I hope you enjoy this beaded variety!