French knot

Even beginners can embroider in the French knot technique: the work algorithm cannot be called too complicated, even if it requires a short skill training. Paintings obtained using this technology distinguishes between volume and relief, as a result of which French knots are perfect for decorating pillows and rugs, towels. Moreover, it is not necessary to carry out the whole picture in this technology - you can only put accents.

Embroidery French knot for beginners: videos and highlights

The main question that arises for beginners is what materials to use for this technology? Unlike more familiar patterns in embroidery, the “French knot” is almost always performed with ribbons, and more often with satin ones. The threads are not always suitable, since the required volume with them is very difficult to achieve. The tapes, with each new round, will create not just a three-dimensional knot, but a complete element. And depending on the number of mentioned coils, as well as the size and density of the tape, the relief of the pattern varies, as well as what details can be performed with a certain knot. If you work with threads, use floss or wool, and very thin ones will need to be folded 3-4 times.

The amount of nodules depends not only on the width and density of the ribbons with which you embroider, but also on the size of the needle: larger, thick needles make it possible to form large nodules, thin ones — small and solid ones. And, of course, it’s hardly possible to wind the tape 5-6 times on a small thin needle - this requires a longer needle with a larger diameter. This is all taken into account when studying the future picture: for example, small French knots are good to add snowflakes to the canvas, if they are in the form of balls, and large ones are unopened buds of peonies, roses, and other flowers, especially if they are in a wreath.

Needles are recommended to acquire "gypsy": they have a very long and wide eyelet, while the needle itself is of medium thickness, and they are ideal for soft and thin silk ribbons, as well as for more dense satin ones. Nylon ribbons are good "friends" with short golden needles. The advantage of such needles is that they are protected from oxidation of the surface - which means they will not lose their smoothness. But when working with threads you can resort to the needles "chenille" numbered 13 and 11.

Much depends on the fabric: the more even its weaving will be, the more comfortable it will be for you to work with it. Fabrics on which punctures crawl quickly, are not suitable for the "French knot", because a very thin and small knot through the puncture formed can simply fall through.

French knot: master class

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French knot: master class

French knot: master class photo

The seam technology is no more difficult than in a regular cross-stitch: the ribbon is simply twisted around the needle several times, after which the needle again pierces the canvas, fixing the result. As a result, the entire seam is performed in 3 steps:

  • The needle passes through the canvas to the front side, the tape is pulled out fully to its full length, the needle is placed under it parallel to the canvas.
  • The tape towards the craftswoman (clockwise) twists the needle the necessary number of times, it must be held with a finger, slightly moving it to the edge, so that it is more convenient to remove it from the needle.
  • The needle pierces the canvas near the exit point, goes back to the wrong side. The tape is held behind it, the bundle smoothly tightened, but you should not make it too tight, especially if the canvas has wide openings.

Despite the fact that these steps look very simple, sometimes in practice beginner masters have many questions and mistakes. The main is in a hurry: you need to pull the tape into a knot very slowly, so that it does not twist - this will instantly destroy the volume. In addition, the shorter the free part of it, the easier it is to make a French knot: as close as possible to the canvas, you can not accidentally confuse the "thread". And even easier to simplify the work of pressing each knot to the canvas with a fingertip at the time of its formation. In addition, professionals pay attention to the fact that the direction of twisting of the tape should be the same for adjacent elements: this will give the picture integrity and harmony.

The finished knot can be supplemented with small beads or beads, placing them along the edges, if wide ribbons were used, or in the center for narrow and thin ones. The most attractive way to decorate it looks for embroidered flowers, because it gives them realism. In addition, when you master the technology of the "French knot" in 1 tape, you can try to make a variety - to stretch the 2nd tape through the same point, other colors. But this must be done either at the same time, working with 2 needles at once, or not tightening the knot tight so that the tapes can easily be joined.

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Embroidery "French knot" is great for the final decoration of finished paintings: any accents affixed by the "French knot" will immediately attract attention. Especially it concerns the combination of the smooth surface in which the entire canvas is made, and the volumes created in this technique. Knots will easily replace beads, rhinestones and other decorative items.

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