The colonial knot is an embroidery stitch that is very similar in appearance to a french knot, but I personally think they look a bit smaller and neater! They take a bit of practice, but are super fun once you get the hang of it.
Colonial Knot vs French Knot
So, what is the difference really between these two? At first glance, it’s really hard to tell these two knots apart. But I’ll go ahead and nerd out for a second and get down to the nitty gritty details…Colonial knots are a bit smaller in appearance than French knots. French knots tend to topple over and look lopsided if you twist the embroidery floss around the needle too many times, but colonial knots tend to sit on the fabric more neatly and evenly.
You can see both of them in action in the video below.
When it comes down to it, deciding on which knot to use for your embroidery is purely preference! But definitely give this knot a try and see what you think.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Colonial Knot Embroidery Tutorial
- Step 1
Come up through the fabric and take your needle and place it under the thread.
- Step 2
Now take the thread and twist over the tip of the needle, forming a figure 8.
- Step 3
Bring your needle back down through the fabric right next to where you initially came up. Make sure to hold tension on the thread while you’re doing this.
- Step 4
Here is the finished colonial knot.