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. 


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!




Zig Zag Coral stitch step by step tutorial

Zig Zag Coral Stitch is a variety of  Coral stitch. All versions of Coral stitch are based on twisted chain stitch. I recommend that you refresh your memory of twisted chain stitch before you try the coral stitch versions.

How to work Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Work this stitch between two parallel lines from top to bottom. If you need to mark the lines use a dissolvable quilters pen. Make sure the lines are removable as they will not be covered with stitching.  With stitches like this I use the threads in the weave of the cloth as my guide. The step by step samples are worked in perle #5 thread. zig zag coral stitch step 1Bring your needle out on the left-hand side of the line and make a small twisted chain stitch by inserting the needle and having the point of the needle emerge a short space below the line as illustrated. Wrap the thread over the needle and under the point.  Pull the needle through the fabric. zig zag coral stitch step 2Move diagonally across your work to the right, and make a twisted chain stitch as illustrated. zig zag coral stitch step 3Take your thread diagonally to the left-hand side of the line and make a twisted chain stitch. zig zag coral stitch step 4Continue in this manner zig zagging down the line which is of course how the stitch got its name! Zig Zag Coral stitch is fun and once you get in the rhythm it is quick to do. It is also interesting to use thicker threads to create a border on your work. Or you can work Zig Zag Coral stitch row upon row to build up patterned fills. You can use this Zig Zag Coral stitch to couch down braids, ribbon or novelty thread which gives the embroidery a contemporary twist. It is also a surface embroidery stitch that you can easily add beads to.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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