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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

How to Embroider the French Knot

How to Embroider the French Knot
How to Embroider the French Knot
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The french knot is a super simple embroidery technique that can add a lot to your different projects. This How to Embroider the French Knot video tutorial will break down just how easy it is to complete this stitch. Then, once you have this sewing stitch mastered you can start incorporating it into your different embroidery projects. This is a great place to start if you are just starting to learn some of the embroidery basics, and it is also another great stitch that can add texture or design to your sewing project!

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueSewing

Beginner

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

How to Embroider the French Knot

French Knot Embroidery Instructions

  1. Bring your needle up.

  2. Twist the thread around your needle one time. 

  3. Bring the needle back down a thread or two from where you started.

  4. Keep your thread tight around your needle so you can keep a tight knot, but don't pull your thread too tight. 

  5. Repeat.

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My little sister recently got interested in embroidery so I sent her here and this was her report on the French knot. First she said it was unbelievably easy and hen she made her first project. I think it's safe to say Thanks for sharing this with us. I wanted her to try the basic chain stitch first but she just went in straight to the French knot.

I like making french knots. I think it should be on any beginner's embroidery list of things to learn. I like to use french knots as a filler as I think it looks nice. It's not so easy on the fingers though when you fill a space! However, you can work your way around that with a leather thimble. It reminds me of candlewicking. That "old style" look I think is very stylish. It is very true not to pull too tight and is definitely an easy stitch to master.

This is a great short video and tutorial on mastering how to embroider the french knot the right way. Great for any beginner learning to embroider to use on so many different things to give your project that added pop. May be any easy stitch but the result you get from adding the french knot will amaze you. Add alot or just some scattered and watch the difference in that finished piece. I have embroidered before and realized that the reason mine knot did not raise is because I pulled it too tight. Now I know better. So anyone can learn something new. Need some encouragemen?. Let's see some beautiful pieces using those french knots.

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