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October 8th, 2008

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10:35 am - Trouble with knots
I'm just beginning to learn hand quilting, and the book I have explains how to make knots at the start and finish of a thread line. Unfortunately, either it's describing it terribly, or I'm doing it wrong, but I can't get a single knot to form! I'm just knotting the tail the way I normally would to start, (wrapping the tail around my index finger and rolling it against my thumb and pulling; makes an ugly and large knot, but it works) and that's working fine, but ending a thread line is just not working. I can't get it to knot. The book I'm using says to wrap the thread a few times around the needle, put the needle in under the top and batting and pull through, and there should be a knot that forms to pull under and embed in the batting. I'm not getting a knot, it just pulls straight through. What am I doing wrong?

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Date:October 8th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
You have to wrap the thread closely around the needle and hold it with one finger to make sure it stays wrapped, then you should get a knot. I'm guessing that you're not doing this and that it's sliding loose. On the other hand, don't wrap and hold so tightly that you can't pull the needle through. I learnt the technique, which apparently is called a quilter's knot, from a Sharon Schamber basting tutorial on YouTube, so maybe you'd find it helpful to see someone doing it? (I haven't tried her method with the planks yet, I lay everything out on the floor and doing some basic pinning with curved safety pins first, but after that I put the quilt sandwich on the table and use the herringbone basting stitch, and I love it.)
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Date:October 9th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Look up how to do a French knot - it's the same basic principle. It puts the knot at the surface of the quilt, and then you can pop it through the top into the batting.
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Date:December 20th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
take the needle and thread, take the tip of the tail end of the thread and meet it with the tip of the needle. A little windows art, may not work.
o---- _______

o---- is the needle and solid line is the thread. Now overlap the two and holde the thread with your finger. Wrap the thread around the tip of the needle, hold the wraps and slide the needle through, and pull all the rest of the thread through the wraps.
Hope this is a bit clearer.


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