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. 


Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 521

crazy quilt block 79

This seam on block 79 started of a Cretan stitch worked in a chainette thread. The fabric is quite bulky as it is a vintage piece of silk with a heavy slub woven through it as part of the pattern. So I chose a heavy thread so that is would not disappear the texture of the fabric.

I then added some black bugle beads  and some vintage faceted beads.

This sort of embellishment along a seam is quick to work and since Cretan is a basic stitch it is suitable for new hands to crazy quilting too!

crazy quilt detailFree Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 520

crazy quilt block 79

This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 79 on my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt

This seam is covered with a commercial braid that is about half an inch wide. I stitched it to the block then along each edge I worked a series of straight stitches in sets of two arranged  in V formation. I then laced a knitting yarn through the V shaped stitches. I completed the embellishment with black seed beads placed on top of the V stitches. It looks as if the knitting yarn is laced around the seed beads but it is just a trick. So I was doing a sneaky sharon stitch. I hope it gives you a few ideas to work with.

 

crazy quilt detail

Free Crazy quilt block patterns

This article is part of a series of articles that highlight the hand embroidered seams and Crazy Quilt details  on the quilt blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block visit the web page about block 79.

Each block on this quilt has a free pattern which  are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.

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