Colonial knot

Colonial Knot

The Colonial knot is a decorative stitch – one of the surface knots used in hand embroidery. Colonial knots are considered a variation of French knots.

To make this embroidery stitch the thread is twisted around the needle to form a decorative knot. The colonial knot is a bit tighter and sturdier than the French knot. Also, you will need less thread to make the same amount of Colonial knots, as this stitch uses less floss. 

I address all the differences between these two stitches in the article “French knots VS Colonial knots” on this Blog.

Colonial knots embroidered with orange pearl cotton

Applications Of The Colonial Knots:

  • You can use it as a substitute for the French knots
  • To secure the sequins on the fabric
  • As a filler stitch. You can create a fluffy, textural surface with Colonial knots.
  • Make single bumps for flower centers
  • Candlewicking embroidery (Whitework technique)

More Stitches From The Knots Family

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the Colonial knot like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

White sashiko stitches on purple fabric