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Saturday, 4 February 2012

- - - Saturday Stitches - - -

At the last meeting of the Embroiderers' Guild, I was given a little project to take home.  It was several candlewicking pieces that required only Colonial Knots.  I had never heard of that before, so I learned it and now I'll show you!  : )  So welcome back to another edition of 'Saturday Stitches' where you watch me teach myself to embroider!

you can see all posts by clicking on 'Tutorials' at the very top of my blog

A Colonial Knot is a little different that a French Knot.  It doesn't make that little doughnut.  It makes a good tied knot but wrapping the needle in a figure eight.  Check it out...

bring the needle up, and then lie the tip over and under the thread like that...

Take the working thread and put it across the tip of the needle and then tuck it under again.

put the needle back into the cloth, close to where you first came up

Pull to tighten the knot a bit and then take the needle right through to the bottom.


And there you have it!  It's pretty easy.  They sure look lumpy and knotty compared the the French Knot.  They would work great as pebbles in a small landscape I bet.  hmm....


Have a great weekend!

41 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Those are very neat....

Anonymous said...

hee hee! i've made those by accident! didn't know i was actually doing something 'right'! and you're right - they would make nice pebbles!
cheers
molly

HollyM said...

I had no idea there was a difference between the two, very neat.

Karen said...

great demo!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend....

Anonymous said...

This is called "candlewicking." It was very popular in the 1980's. I did lots of it then.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! It took me a minute, but now I have it! Now I can teach my 7yr old! We are making little "chocolate chips" on felt cookie ornaments. Gail : )

Richard and Kayla said...

perfect for a belly button on a doll! :)

Mary said...

Very nice tutorial, Monika!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

How great!! Found you via Pinterest, somebody had pinned this. Thank you! I like this better than the French knot I think. On my way now to see how I can follow you! ;P

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Whovian Gran said...

Does anyone know where I can find good candlewicking patterns? Love this tutorial; very clear pics.

RetroSandie said...

Thank you! I like this idea!!!

Michele T said...

This is the first that I have heard of this knot and I like the look of it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Josette said...

tellement beau ces points de noeud biz monika

kate said...

Do these kind STAY IN more than aFrench knot does? I have ZILCH luck having French Knots stay in, they always come out!Thanks,
Kate

Lucy said...

I'm with Kate. My French knots are so inconsistent and frustrating! I'm going to try these instead. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Would like to find candle wicking patterns. Have looked everywhere.

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Annie said...

For those of you looking for candlewicking patterns: you’re probably not going to find them. Candlewicking was quite popular back in the 80s so you might be able to find some vintage patterns. But you could adapt any embroidery pattern by just making the kn about a 1/4 inch or so apart. I would choose simple, geometric patterns, snowflakes, things like that.

Eliza said...

Your post Saturday Stitches is awesome. Good ideas for beginner.

Kristen Broad said...

You perfectly embroidered a snowflake and according to these pics you are using needle very gently... <3

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I had no idea there was a difference between the two, very neat.

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