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.
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.
- Step 1
Take the tail of the thread and your needle and point them towards one another.
- Step 2
Twist the tail of the thread around the needle. The more twists, the larger the knot.
- Step 3
Pinch the twists in between your thumb and forefinger and pull the needle through. This will form the knot!
- Step 4
Here’s what it looks like finished