Mastering the French Knot: Llama Hand Embroidery | Lindsey White | Skillshare

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Mastering the French Knot: Llama Hand Embroidery

teacher avatar Lindsey White, Urbann Nest

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Tracing

    • 4. Backstitch

    • 5. Saddle

    • 6. French Knot

    • 7. Tassles

    • 8. Backing

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About This Class

If you want to learn embroidery or master the French knot, then you are in the right place! In this class you will learn all the embroidery basics while stitching your own llama. We will focus on the French knot to fill in the llama’s fluffy body and other embroidery stitches.

This class is recommended for all skill levels as we’ll cover:
- Transferring your pattern to fabric
- Basic materials needed
- French knot, backstitch, and satin stitch
- Adding tassels to add more dimension
- How to back your hoop

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Lindsey White

Urbann Nest


Hello! I’m Lindsey and I’m a fiber artist, Pinterest addict, and compulsive DIYer. I’ve always loved art and design and that's what led me to embroidery. I started my shop almost 6 years ago and it’s been such an amazing ride. 

I started my shop, Urbann Nest, about 6 years ago and I’ve been teaching workshops for the last few years. I love sharing my passion with others! Nothing makes me happier than seeing others make some amazing pieces and expand their own creativity.

I currently live in Utah with my husband and two kids. We love to travel and to be outdoors. I love to-do lists, chocolate, and art documentaries. 

I can’t wait to see all of your class projects so please share... See full profile

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1. Introduction: In this class we'll use different stitches to add texture and dimension to your embroidery. We'll go over a few basic stitches with a focus on mastering the French knot. For this project, I'll provide you the llama pattern, step-by-step instructions, stitches and colors that I use to stitch your own llama and birdie. Let's get started. 2. Materials: To get started, you'll need backing fabric, white fabric. A woman who some embroidery SNPS, a plastic bobbin, a needle, pencil. All of your embroidery floss, some scissors, and a hot glue gun. 3. Tracing: So first I'll trace the pattern onto the fabric. I always double up my cone a cotton fabric. So just put one piece over the I use a light pad or you can also use your iPad or a window, just any source of light that you can trace and see the pattern through. So you can use a pencil or a pilot friction erasable pen or any other fabric pen to go ahead and trace your pattern. Then when you're done tracing, you can put your two fabric pieces back together and then get your hoop and put the fabric on top of the inside of the hoop. And then get the wood outside and put that on top. And then you can make sure that it's tight. You can pull the edges and just screw the top screw to make sure it's all tight and feels like a drumlins you do it and then you'll be ready to stitch. 4. Backstitch: So we'll start with three strands of the black embroidery floss to do the black accents of the Ulama like the feet and then the face. So you'll just come up and do two small stitches and novae right on the bottom of his feet. So you'll come up and then come back down. And then you'll come back up and come back down, right? And the same spot to make that P. And then you'll do that again just a tiny bit above the stitches that you did before. Then after you do the other foot, you'll go ahead and trace the face just using backstitch. So you'll come up and go one stitch up ahead. And then it'll bring the Neo backup skipping a little space and then come back and match where you left off with that first step. So then you just keep doing that over and over again until his mouth and face and his eyes are traced. I'm going to slow down the pipe. 5. Saddle: Now we'll fill in the saddle using satin stitch and we'll use all six strands of the darker pink. So you'll just come up from the back and go all the way across the shape and then just pull your thread back down, can come back up in the same side that you did before, and then just come back down until that whole shape is filled up. So I'll do the middle part with a darker pink and then skip a line for the light pink and then fill in the next line with the dark pink again. And then we'll just keep stitching satin stitch until those are all filled. 6. French Knot: Now we'll fill in the llama with all of the French knot. So again, using all six strands. So you'll just come up from the back and pull all the way through. And then you'll wrap the thread around your Nino three times. And then you'll put it back in the same spot and then make sure you're keeping it tight and then pull it all the way through and down. So you'll just continue that making the French knots as you fill in the whole lemma. And then you'll leave a little bit of a space around the circles that you did for the tassel. So you have some space tab the tassels and 7. Tassles: So now that ulama is all filled down with all the French knots. So we'll go ahead and start with the tassels. So you'll get the yellow embroidery floss and a plastic bobbin. And we'll wrap the floss around the bobbin 16 times. And then you'll cut it at the very bottom. So you have 16 different separate threads. And then once you cut that, you'll separate each thread into four piles of four strands. Then once you have your four piles, you'll get a longer thread of the same color so that you can tackle that the tassels down. So we'll just thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the embroidery floss. Then you'll start with your first tassel. So you'll start a little bit underneath the saddle. So you have a little bit of space to place the tassel on there. Then you'll just place your tassel horizontally across the saddle and then you'll stitch one stitch vertically. And then another stitch the same way. So it's solid and you can make sure it's tacked down all the way. Then we'll stitch two stitches across with the tassels down to make sure that they stay in place. Then you'll do that with all of the tassels until you're done. And then 12 done those, then you can turn the mouseover the same link. 8. Backing: Now to back the hoop, you'll unscrew it and then separate the pieces. You'll put the backing fabric over the middle wooden piece and then the stitched fabric right on top. Making sure it's nice and flat. And then you'll put the outside WHO back around it and then screwed and make sure it stays really tight. And I like to pull it around the edges just to make sure it's as tight as it can be. And then I'll secure it in a little bit more. Then you'll get your scissors and cut the backing fabric so it's flush up against the inside of the wooden piece. And then if you're using the two pieces of fabric like I do, then you'll cut the inside piece as well so it's flush up against the wooden hoop. And then you'll just cut a couple of centimeters right above the hoop for the outside piece of fabric. Just so it's all nice and even so, and then you can glue it down. Get your hot glue gun, and put the group right on the edge of the wood and do little spot a little spots at a time. And then just fold it back down over. So you'll just do little sections with the glues before it gets to cool down. So you'll just do a little bit on the folder over. And then once you've gone all the way around, then you finished. And sometimes once I'm finished for other stray threads and stuff, I'll use a lint roller to get all of that off of the front ends, a little bit off the back. Thank you so much for watching this class. If you have any questions about anything in this project, don't hesitate to post or e-mail me directly at urban asked at And if you finished your cute little llama, I love to see them here or tag me on Instagram if you host effect. Thanks again and can't wait to see all your elements.