To Knot or Not to Knot
Your Embroidery Thread

The question of whether knot or not to knot the embroidery thread has often been asked but often has different answers. How to properly use a knot (if at all) is discussed in this section of the continued article The Theory and Method of Embroidery, Part 1. Equipment.- How to Prepare for Work written by Mrs. L. Barton Wilson.

Published in Corticelli Home Needlework, 1899
Edited by M. Schlueter

Preparing Your Thread

In further preparation for our work the skeins of silk should be untied, the knot cut off, the skein held over the left hand and deftly unwound with the right.

The silk should then be wound on a card having the four corners clipped off and one side slit, through which to catch the end. When cutting off lengths of filo silk, clip through all six strands. It is likely to rough it to cut one and draw it out alone.

To Knot or Not to Knot -
Is That YOUR Question?

The question of the knot often arises when one insists upon a very careful wrong side to embroidery. It is not necessary to have no knot in order to avoid its appearing on the back. Make the knot by turning the thread once over the forefinger, draw tight and cut off the end close up to the knot.

Victorian hoop holder

Fig. 10.  Hoop Held b Holder in Correct Position.

Place it on the “wrong side” of the work by bringing the needle out the full length above the frame (Fig. 10.) within the design and send it back, thus taking a tiny stitch on the space which will be covered by the subsequent work. (See tiny stitches on unworked petal of Figs. 1 b (1 ) and (3), below, showing .he starting of the thread and the finishing off.)

embroidery no knot
hiding knot in embroidery

After the knot is thus fastened the needle should take the stitches from the outline in. The knot should never be placed on the outline. The tiny knot so .placed where it will be covered is not objectionable, but a large one anywhere is. It is especially so on an outline, for it does not wear well and moreover the first stitch taken is not likely to be under the same tension as the rest.

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