Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

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Friday, August 27

Away Waste Knot

Right side of fabric.
An Away Waste Knot is just that....a knot that you will cut off (waste)!
Make a knot in your thread and take  the needle from the right side of fabric through to  the wrong side , then bring the needle back up to the right side of fabric coming   up where the design begins.
Make sure your knot is far enough away from your embroidery design.

Right side of fabric.
Here you see the knot in the fabric to the right and the needle coming up ready to stitch the design.

Right side of fabric.
When embroidery is complete, cut the knot.

Wrong side of the fabric.
Re-thread the needle and tie off. 
Now you see why the knot must be Away from the thread the needle!

Tie Off
Bring the needle through the loop formed.
You can secure your thread without forming a real knot.

 1.  Take a stitch through the floss on the back of your design, snug up the stitch,  being careful not to pull so much you distort your stitching on the front.
2. Take another stitch through the floss on the back, this time bring the needle through the loop formed as you pull the thread up snugly. The knot must be firm.
3.  Now, take another stitch carefully through the little knot that was formed in the last stitch.
Cut off the floss.

ps.  I have been known to take one more little stitch through the floss (not the knot) just to be on the safe side!

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Julia said...

Ah - haaaaaa! thanks for this tidbit of knowledge! I will definitely be using it!

Goosegirl said...

Hi Jeannie. I am not understanding why you are doing this. I am not very good at embroidery so I do not understand many of the reasons for things. So when you start your embroidery, do you never just start with a knot behind? Is this knot softer for babies than a regular knot? Or is it less puckery? I really want to know because I want to get better at this.

Thank you so much for your patient instruction in this beautiful art.

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