Knotted stitch

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This article is about knotted embroidery stitches. For other types of knots, see Knot, Macramé
Contemporary design of French knots surrounded by chain stitch from a sampler in the form of a challah cover.
French knot

A knotted stitch is any embroidery technique in which the yarn or thread is knotted around itself. Common knotted stitches include French knots and coral stitch.[1][2] Knotted stitches can be subdivided into individual or detached knots, continuous knotted stitches, and knotted edgings.

Applications[edit]

Individual knots are often found used as detached filling stitches.[2]

Knotted edgings are used as a decorative trims, and can also be used to fill open spaces in cutwork and in needlelace.

Detached knots[edit]

Individual knots include:[1][2]

  • French knot
  • Bullion knot
  • Four-legged knot stitch
  • Turk's head knot

Knot gallery[edit]

Continuous stitches[edit]

Knotted stitches include:[1][2][3]

  • Ceylon stitch
  • Coral stitch or coral knots
  • Zig-zag coral stitch
  • Double knot stitch
  • Knotted cable chain stitch, a knotted variant of cable chain stitch

Stitch gallery[edit]

Knotted edgings[edit]

Knotted edgings include:[3]

  • Antwerp edging
  • Armenian edging
  • Hollie stitch

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Enthoven, Jacqueline: The Creative Stitches of Embroidery, Van Norstrand Rheinhold, 1964, ISBN 0-442-22318-8, p. 153-163
  2. ^ a b c d Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8, p. 42-43
  3. ^ a b Christie, Grace (Mrs. Archibald), Samplers and Stitches, a handbook of the embroiderer's art, London 1920

References[edit]

  • Caulfield, S.F.A., and B.C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework, 1885.
  • Christie, Mrs. Archibald (Grace Christie), Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, London, John Hogg, 1912, online at Project Gutenberg
  • Christie, Mrs. Archibald (Grace Christie), Samplers and Stitches, a handbook of the embroiderer's art, London 1920
  • Enthoven, Jacqueline: The Creative Stitches of Embroidery, Van Norstrand Rheinhold, 1964, ISBN 0-442-22318-8
  • Reader's Digest, Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8