Embroidery 101 – Peking Knot
May 19, 2011 by seesuestitch
This stitch is an alternative to the traditional French knot, and can be easily mastered. It was the customary stitch used in old Chinese embroideries. Due to its diminutive size, this stitch is also called the blind stitch or forbidden knot. It works wonderfully to fill in areas of a pattern or, can be used alone. Whichever way you use it, the Peking knot is definitely a great addition to have in your bag of embroidery tricks!
Step 1: Begin by bringing your needle from the back to the fabric’s front. Have you thread form a C shape as shown in the picture.
Step 2: With your left thumb and forefinger, twist the thread to form a loop. Make sure that the thread that trails is beneath the emerging thread.
Step 3: Place the needle inside the loop as close to where the thread originally emerged. Push the needle only about a quarter through the fabric.
Step 4: Pull the thread to tighten the loop around the needle (how loose or tight your knot is depends on you!).
Step 5: Keeping the thread taut, pull the needle through to the back of your fabric. It should look like this . . .
Happy Stitching! Sue