Knots Family

This family has interesting members. I am not sure if this can be called a ‘family’ or just a ‘category’. But through my research, I stumbled upon a lot of ‘knotted’ stitches and decided to place them under one roof. There are some stitches with knotted characteristics that belong to other families, which I have not brought under this section. For instance, the knotted chain stitch is placed under the chain stitch family.

Interestingly, there is a Palestrina family of stitches comprising of five members that follow the ‘knotted’ method. I have placed them under a different section too.

Knotted stitches are either stand alone like french knots and colonial knots or follow a series to make a line, like the coral stitch. A few of them can be used for filling of motifs, or they can be used as motifs in itself! For instance, the bullion knots can be used to make beautiful rose patterns. The knot stitches give an embossed look or a sort of 3D effect and can be used in likes of Brazilian embroidery.

Often, learners find it intimidating to follow certain knot stitches. But, once learned, it becomes an interesting part of their embroidery experiments. 🙂

Knot Stitch Family


French Knot


Pistil Stitch


Colonial Knot


Coral Stitch


Scroll Stitch


Chinese Knot


Pearl Stitch


Bullion Knot


Closed Pearl Stitch


Knotted Pearl Stitch
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17 Responses

  1. Peal United States Safari  Android 4.4.2 GT-I9301I Build/KOT49H says:

    plss show how to doo Murri(chikankari) work….I need it soo much

  2. Lisa Gatto United States Google Chrome Linux says:

    I congratulate you on having this site. I love doing things like this, and the best part is I now have an assisted guide handy to USE. My gratitude and many thanks to you for this site.

  3. karen steele United Kingdom Google Chrome Windows says:

    Please how do I get to the pictures that show me how to do stitches, for example knot stitch.
    Thanks a lot Karen

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Karen,
      Check the tabs on the top of the page. You will see one called Stitches. If you place the cursor or arrow over the stitch family you want (knots family, in your case), another list will show up with all the stitches in the family. Just move your cursor to the stitch you want and click on it.
      Else, just go to this link:
      It will give you a picture list of all the stitches. Click on the one you want.
      Hope this helps.

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