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How to Embroider Pistil Stitch (a French knot with a Stem) – video

How to Embroider Pistil Stitch (a French Knot with a Stem) - video tutorial

This is a handy little stitch with lots of different names. One of the names is Pistil Stitch – and it is perfect for stitching little pistils inside detailed flowers. It’s also good for teeny little flowers and grasses – and also antennae on bugs and aliens. Such a versatile stitch!

Sometimes it’s called an elongated French knot – and that makes sense. If you can make a French knot – you can stitch this French knot with a stem. It’s almost exactly the same thing!

I wish it was called Lollipop Stitch. Wouldn’t that be adorable?

I don’t use pistil stitch very often – but sometimes it’s absolutely perfect. Especially for flowers!

You can see it in some of the flowers in the Bloom embroidery pattern. . .

Bloom embroidery pattern cover showing lots of colorful embroidered flowers, including several using pistil stitch.

. . . and also for some of the flowers in this free pattern for an embroidered felt Easter egg.

Easter Craft Ideas - make a pretty embroidered felt egg with this free pattern

Pistil stitch – have fun with it!

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  1. This is terrific! Thanks…I’ve seen these and didn’t realize it was all one stitch. I’ve learned so much from your videos. Thanks for being so generous with your time and knowledge. Peace….

  2. I love it! I’ve made those before and didn’t know the name or where I learned it. Half the time I think I’m making stitches up 😉

    By the way – love your hair-do in this video! You and curls are super cute.

  3. Thanks ladies! And thanks, Becky, for the comment about my hair. I finally (FINALLY!) got it cut and those curls appeared out of nowhere. Weird! But I like it. 🙂

  4. Natasha SAYS...

    I just did my first ever embroidery project (one of your cool flowers) and got the French knot right away. Great lesson! But I found that because I was doing a few in close proximity (and using the same thread) that some of the knots became a bit loose and not so pretty. Any suggestions on how to keep them nice and tight so they keep their shape?

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Just make sure you keep a little tension on your thread between knots too and that should take care of it. French knots are one of my favorite stitches – I’m glad you liked them! 🙂