How to make a Colonial Knot

While teaching at a workshop in IL.  Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts shot these photos of me making a Colonial Knot…this knot is used in place of a French knot…it is a nice knot and it behaves all the time unlike the French Knot…Pam…took my pics and made this PDF…now that’s a real girlfriend….THANKS PAM!   CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW ON HOW TO MAKE THIS FAB-U-LOUS KNOT!

How to make a Colonial Knot

22 thoughts on “How to make a Colonial Knot

  1. Hi Lisa:-)

    Thanks for the Colonial Knot demo. I can’t see what exactly you are doing in photo #1. Otherwise it looks the same as a French Knot. What exactly is the difference?? (I guess I need a word description accompanying the photos in order to be sure of exactly what I’m looking at.)

    I’m always open to learning better ways to do things, and if this knot ALWAYS behaves itself , I absolutely want to use it!!

    I apologize for not being able to interpret exactly what’s going on that’s different from the usual, but…I can’t, so I would appreciate your patience and further clarification. I would really like to start using it!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks so much for having this on the blog…. I was at the Cottonwod meetingin NE, and you referred to this knot! PS I want to move to WI to be closer to your shop 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for showing how to make a colonial knot. I’m going to practice. I’m with Polly I wish I lived closer to Wi. Iwant to get some girls together to come for a week-end. Marianne

  4. This is the knot that I used when Candlewicking. And what helped me when I was learning this was to make a figure 8. I never make a french knot anymore I always use what I call my Candlewicking Knot.

  5. Lisa. I went to your workshop on Sues Star in Omaha Ne. As I continue on with my stiching, I find that I have forgotten how to do the stem stitch. Other wise I am skating along. Can you help me. Thanks. Julie. I thought I saw a sheet with the stitches used in your needle projects, or maybe I saw that in class. I have looked through 3 of your books and not seen it.

  6. Hello,
    From what I see, the needle goes down through the knot, whereas with a French Knot, the needle goes slightly to the side of the knot. Otherwise, not much diff. to me.

    1. The difference in the colonial knot happen in the beginning. You have to make a twist with the thread by hopping the needle over the thread then brining it under and turning it to the left then you wrap like a regular French Knot.

  7. I googled Colonial knot and found some written instructions that, along with your pictures, explained it very well. I have always been inept with French knots – one in every five or six might work – but the Colonial knot works every time! I like the shape as well. It’s a bit flatter to the background. Love it!

  8. Love this knot without a neck! Really, truly enjoyed the class in Raleigh yesterday Lisa. I’ve signed up for EVERYthing on your brilliant website and will be watching for when you’re back on right coast. Cheers 🙂

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  10. OMG… I’ve started combining crazy quilting with my wool and doing embroidery embellishments. Needless to say a jillion French knots later …and along comes your colonial knot and it is like magic! Thanks for the was a little awkward at first but after a bit it become natural. Love it!

  11. Alright! When I first walked through the tutorial, I thought the same thing; “How is this different?” BUT it really is and I thank you for the step-by-step photos….. very well done. May I share this link on our blog?

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  13. Desperate to make my French knots behave, I messed around with ways to make it and ended up doing exactly what you have described, and it works. For me, the trick is to always hold the thread tightly with my left hand. If I don’t, I end up with an off kilter knot. Also, for some reason, I twist the needle as I sew, so I have to stop periodically and let it hang and unwind.

  14. I’m so glad to see such a clear instruction on this! Thank you for the good photos. (And btw – you pull the thread *taut*, not ‘taunt’ – unless you’re teasing the thread). 🙂

  15. Lisa, I just saw the Magic of Christmas, I teach quilting and would love to have the pattern for that quilt to teach in my classroom. It is so inspiring. Do you have that pattern still available, I couldnt download it anymore.
    Thanks Nancy Jez

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