H ow to Make a Colonial Knot
Bring the needle up through the
bottom of the fabric on the
Bring the thread over the top of
Then bring it below the needle
tip. This makes a figure eight.
Make a loop as shown.
Slide the needle through the
Tighten the loop slightly by
pulling on the thread.
Notice that your thread will be
pulled tight over the needle.
The thread beneath the needle
will slide back to rest where the
thread originally came through
Snug the thread down onto the
needle by gently and slowly
pulling the thread tight. The
thread should be tight enough
not to sag or slip but loose
enough for the needle to slide
Keep tension on the thread
continually, and place the needle
tip behind the thread. Push the
needle through your Colonial
Knot until you reach the eye of
the needle; then tug gently but
firmly to sink the knot through
the threads and below the fabric.
Notice the tension on the original thread while you are
working with the knot? If you do
not keep a good amount of
tension on this thread, you will
end up with a loose knot or a
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Continue to keep the tension
fairly tight as you pull the thread
through the knot.
As you can see, the original
thread loop is surrounding the
part of the thread coming through
the middle of the knot. The original thread loop is maintaining
continual tension on the knot. If
the tension is not maintained or is
released before the last little bit
of thread goes through the knot,
the knot will become loose and
problems will develop.
Tension is the key in making any
type of knot!