Not to long ago my sister sent me a message. She was working on a project making yo-yos and was making lots of knots in the end of the thread. Her message was:
“I have a silly question, do you use one or two hands to tie a knot at the end of thread when when you prepare to sew on a button or hem something or other hand stitching?”
I had to think for a second. Hmm. Yes. One handed. I wrote back:
“One. Mom taught me how to wrap and roll on one finger.”
Judy wrote back:
“YES!! That’s what I want to know how to do. I knew she did but I never picked that up.”
Isn’t that funny after years since my mom has passed we still remember things she did. Even simple things like tying a knot at the end of thread.
I quickly scrambled and try to figure out some way I could show her how to do it. I was able to take a video for her but I can’t figure out how to load it here…so, I took some pictures.
(Excuse my hands. Constant washing due to my being an in home childcare provider makes them totally unsoft and unsmooth.)
I always lick my finger first. Then I wrap the thread on my left finger like this. (I am right handed)
Then I put my thumb on top of the place where the threads cross and the roll the thread off my pointer finger.
Once it’s off, I reposition my fingers above the now twisted part of the string. Then I squeeze with my left hand just tight enough to prevent the twisted area from sliding my fingers. At the same time I pull the needle that is my right hand.
…and there you have it. A knot.
My mom taught me embroidery starting at age 4 and she always started with a knot. I remember being so proud the day I learned how to tie one.
It was kind of fun reminiscing. My mom was the best…and an excellent teacher. So there you have it …step by step pictures to knotting the end of your thread.
Inquiring minds want to know…do you tie knots like this?