Posted by: maureenc | January 24, 2016

Colonial Knot stitch

I think it was about 1984 when I was first introduced to Candlewicking, and I loved it!

Whilst my husband was “busy” watching televised sport, I would keep him company and stitch away happily. Several quilts were made that way: I would be sitting in the car while he was “I won’t be a minute ” in the male nirvana-land  known as Bunnings Hardware in Australia, quietly whiling away the time and not getting fussed that five minutes turned into 45 more often than not.

Along my stitching journey I dabbled with many genres, even going so far as to move to the dark side  (machine embroidery) for a while. And now , for I think the third consecutive year, I’m attempting to follow SharonB with her Take A Stitch Tuesday and her PINTANGLE where she gives tutorials on the stitch of the day.

I think I warned you in an earlier posting that I would not necessarily follow Sharon’s list, but the Colonial Knot stitch evoked memories of many happy hours spent getting knotted  ! (Sorry folks, I just couldn’t help myself  🙂

The only technical detail I will give about the colonial knot is that it is sometimes referred to as a “figure of eight” stitch because of the way it is wound around the needle. Sharon gives a wonderful tute over at Pintangle and it is easy to follow.

I have returned to a group of (mainly naked) Crazy Patch blocks I constructed quite a while back and hopefully they will be all stitched up by the end of 2016  (fingers crossed) with stitches tried out in the 2016 TAST.

I have unearthed an old Candle wicking pattern representing a tulip and I am stitching it in  Arbee brand Candle wicking cotton threads that have languished in my cupboard for far too many years:

Some 16 hours later!

First attempt Colonial Knot stitch

First attempt Colonial Knot stitch

Well! You are seeing a “warts and all” posting.  The above piece was stitched on a CQ patch, using Arbee brand candlewicking cotton and I am not happy with the result, so I pulled out a piece of unbleached calico and returned to the “traditional” look of white on white , in using the Arbee thread

White on white Colonial Knot stitch

White on white Colonial Knot stitch

I think you will agree that a plain calico fabric shows the Colonial Knots in better definition.  Between the dark and light coloured fabrics, plus the texture of the white fabric, I think that the stitching lost its definition.

My preference is definitely for the lower sample !

 

White on white  Colonial Knot stitch

White on white Colonial Knot stitch

White on white  Colonial Knot stitch

White on white Colonial Knot stitch

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Responses

  1. Love the post :-))) I am going to re-do the stitches as practise is good and easy to forget if not kept up. I hope to make Colonial knots as well made as yours. BTW there is no 2nd photo showing.

    • Maureen I don’t know what’s happening! I edited the post and it showed THREE photos of the white on white….then it turned to three blanks> I’ll try another edit later.

  2. Nice, nice, nice! Since learning this stitch I prefer it to the French Knot. I like the way it looks and especially the fact that it ‘stands up’ on its own. Thanks for the posting.

    • Since I taught myself Colonial stitch so I could show someone else how tomI have never used the French knot again!It is my all time knot favourite stitch
      bear hugz

      • Nice to hear from you Bear! Long time no see!


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