I’ve been gone for the past week attending my brother’s wedding. (You probably only noticed if you sent me an email and are waiting for a response!)
Because I was with my mom again, I convinced her to let me take photos of a few of the techniques she’s recently taught me. The first I wanted to share is called the “quilter’s knot” and it makes a much tidier knot than the one I’m used to. Normally, I lick my finger, wrap around and around, and twist it off. The resulting bird’s nest of a knot is unpredictable and, well, ugly.
Not so with this tidy quilter’s knot. Enjoy these photos of my mom’s demonstration.
To begin, hold the needle and the end of the thread so that they are pointing toward each other.
Bring them together to form a cross, then
holding the end of the thread against the needle,
begin wrapping the thread around the shaft of the needle.
Wrap the thread around the needle 3-6 times.
Grasp the wrapped threads snugly between your thumb and forefinger.
Pull the needle through the coil of wrapped threads with your other hand.
You’re still holding the coil between your thumb and forefinger as you pull.
And pull, all the way to the end of the thread. When you reach the end, give a good sharp tug to tighten the knot.
And, voila! A tidy little knot will be left there in your hand and you can begin hand sewing with ease.