- Candlewicking knot
- Figure of eight stitch
The colonial knot creates a larger, rounder and more raised knot than the French knot
Colonial knots are part of the Candlewick embroidery tradition, developed in the USA during the early 18th century. The tradition started by using cotton from candlewicks (hence the name) to embellish empty flour bags and then developed into using more conventional materials. Items such as bedspreads are embellished with traditional patterns, some of which use colonial knots as the only stitch on the item.
Bring the needle and thread to the surface. With both hands on the surface, hold the needle with one hand and the tension of the working thread in the other.
Bring the needle to the inside of the working thread and take it under the thread away from you
Use the working thread to wrap the pointed end of the needle
Take the needle back down through the fabric, at the place it surfaced or very close to that point
Draw the knot down the shaft of the needle so that it sits firmly on the fabric
Take the needle through the fabric and draw through the excess thread to the back of the fabric
to complete the knot
Structure of stitch
Created by wrapping the thread in a figure of eight around the needle before taking the needle down and tightening the knot against the fabric
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.30
Thomas McGowan, 'Bertha Cook, Blue Ridge National Heritage Fellow', JSTOR (1986). Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1xp3mhk.21 (Accessed: 25 August 2021)