To help you see how a French Knot looks being stitched go to:

Here is a tutorial found on

STEP 1:  You will need both hands, so set your hoop in your lap or work surface. With your non-needle hand pinch the floss a few inches from where it exits the fabric (where arrow is pointing). Hold it taut with your hand not holding the needle (that’s important).

STEP 2:  Place your needle in front of this stretch of floss. Notice the needle is in front of the floss, notcoming from behind it. This will make the next step easier, and will prevent the knot from going all wonky later on.

STEP 3:  Wind the floss around the needle* once or twice (shown winding twice), depending on if you want a bigger or smaller knot. Continue the tension of the floss with your left hand (non-needle hand) to prevent it from uncoiling.

*Keep your hand holding the needle still while winding it with the floss in this step. Meaning, don’t try to use your needle hand to do the wrapping by getting all twirly with your wrist. This is the first way your knot can go wrong!

STEP 4:  Okay, you’ve wound around the needle, the coil is pulled nice and taut. Next: (This is an important one!) Re-insert the tip of your needle just next to, but not into the same exit point on your fabric. If you enter the same hole, your knot may pop all the way through when you finish (and you say “what happen?”). So, simply return at a point a little bit away from the exit point. And hold it right there! Keep your needle in this position. Don’t push it all the way through juuust yet. The next step is an even more important one…


STEP 5:  Remember your non-needle hand pinching the length of floss? Remember? Wake it up! This is  when it goes to work. Give the floss a little downward tug with that hand, so that the coil will tighten up, and slide down your needle to make a little bundle against the surface of your fabric.


STEP 6:  With your coil snugly held in position against the surface, now push your needle all the way through!


STEP 7:  See? You’ve just pulled your needle, and the floss trailing behind it, down through the center of the coil that was wrapped around the needle. (Didn’t work? Go back to step one and we’ll go over it again.)

STEP 8:   Voilà! I knew you could do it. Keep practicing and you won’t even have to think about the steps. And, if it didn’t turn out just right the first time, don’t worry- try it again and you’ll eventually get the feel for it.