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


20 Responses to “How to make a Colonial Knot”


  1. 1 Margaret Witt
    December 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, that is interesting.. Will have to try it..
    Maggey

  2. 2 Marcia
    January 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    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!
    Marcia:-)

  3. 3 Polly Jensen
    January 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

    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 🙂
    Polly

  4. 4 Marianne Perry
    February 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    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

  5. 5 Connie F
    February 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    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.

  6. 6 Julie Klemmensen
    March 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    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.

  7. 7 Diane Conner
    March 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

    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.

    • April 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

      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.

  8. 9 Cassi Bauman
    November 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

    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!

  9. 11 Ardis Haislet
    June 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

    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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  12. 14 Jan Gezon
    May 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    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 demo..it was a little awkward at first but after a bit it become natural. Love it!

  13. September 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

    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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  17. 19 Janet strong
    June 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

    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.


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