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How to Make a Colonial Knot

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How to Make a Colonial Knot
How to Make a Colonial Knot

How to Work a Colonial Knot

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

Colonial knots are one of the surface knots used in embroidery and are most commonly used in Candlewicking or candlewick embroidery, or combined with other embroidery stitches.

A Colonial Knot forms a tight knot that holds up well to wear, and can be worked on any type of embroidery fabric.

Like it's cousin, the French knot, a Colonial Knot takes a bit if practice to make, but once you understand the mechanics of the stitch, you'll find it's easy to work.

To make a Colonial Knot, wrap the thread around the needle with the tail of the thread towards the eye of the needle (this is opposite of the French knot, with the tail wrapped towards the tip of the needle).

Next, bring the thread around the tip of the needle, making a figure 8 motion as you wrap.

Insert the needle into the fabric near your original starting point, and pull the thread through the knot, holding the tail and letting it slide through your fingers as you pull - this guides the thread tail through the knot and prevent the thread from knotting back upon itself.

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Learn more about this knot by visiting the Candlewicking Tutorial.

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