2 Starting Embroidery Knots

This post will show you 2 easy starting embroidery knots you can use when beginning an embroidery stitch.

Using a knot to start embroidery stitches is a great option for beginners because you don’t have to worry about the tail of your thread slipping through the fabric.

I did want to note that starting and ending embroidery with knots is kind of a controversial topic, but I personally use knots frequently in my work. It’s really up to personal preference and what you find easiest!

Learn more about why knots aren’t always the best option and learn 4 ways of starting embroidery stitches without knots.

Overhand or Half Knot

This kind of knot is the kind of knot you’d think of if someone asked you to tie a knot in something. Make a loop in the thread and pull the tail through to form this knot. This knot works well when you’re using fabric with a relatively tight weave and 6 strands of embroidery floss.

Quilters Knot

If you’re using less than 6 strands of embroidery and you want to tie a knot, the quilters knot is the way to go! This is because you can make a larger quilters knot than you would be able to make using the overhand or knot.

Quilters Knot Tutorial

Time needed: 1 minute.

If you’re using less than 6 strands of embroidery and you want to tie a knot, the quilters knot is the way to go! This is because you can make a larger quilters knot than you would be able to using a plain old knot. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Step 1

    Take the tail of the thread and your needle and point them towards one another.quilters knot tutorial step 1

  2. Step 2

    Twist the tail of the thread around the needle. The more twists, the larger the knot.quilters knot tutorial step 2

  3. Step 3

    Pinch the twists in between your thumb and forefinger and pull the needle through. This will form the knot!quilters knot tutorial step 3

  4. Step 4

    Here’s what it looks like finishedquilters knot

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