French Knot Border Stitch

French Knot Border Stitch is one of those stitches that is created using a combination of stitches. In this instance French Knot and Fly Stitch so you need to know how to do these two stitches first. This stitch is really easy to work and can be worked on either plain or evenweave fabrics. If you want to keep a really nice even border then I would opt for the evenweave fabric while starting out in embroidery.

Ok, to work a French Knot Border Stitch, you are going to first work a Fly Stitch loop. Bring your needle up at 1 and down at 2 up again at 3, with thread beneath your needle, pull through. Next instead of anchoring the loop of the Fly Stitch with a small straight stitch you are going to work a French knot as shown below. Wrap your thread around the needle once, twice or three times depending on how raised you wish your knot to be. Now insert your needle back into your fabric just below the Fly Stitch loop and pull through gently. The knot will hold the stitch in place. Carry on repeating stitches along your row. If you are not fond of French Knots you could work a bead instead!


  1. I have just discovered your website and the A - Z Stitch Directory. I love the Coral Stitch and will use it as a border around the name of our dear baby girl on the Family Sampler I have designed. She died at the age of 13 months - 43 years ago. Thankfully we have two healthy sons who are now 35 and 41.

    I will save this website for future reference. Thank You.



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