Knotting Shuttle Videos Online!

knotting shuttle knotting bag embroideryI finally finished and uploaded all of the knotting shuttle videos.

I’m so sorry it took me so long to get them online.  I know there were many of you who were interested in seeing more detail about knotting.  I hope these videos are helpful, explaining more about what knotting and knotting shuttles are, as well as how to go about trying it. It’s so fun and easy — go ahead and try it!


I have to admit, I was very nervous to post any videos. I still am very new to embroidery, and only just started using a knotting shuttle. I am definitely not claiming any historical accuracy with any of my techniques or designs. They’re simply something I have started doing just so I can get practice, and have finished projects as quickly as I can.  I’m very slow at sewing and embroidery.

I’m also incredibly nervous about the format.  

You’ll see that each video has an introduction — all of the knotting videos have the same intro for “Things You Need,” and then the couching video has a slightly different one.  I decided to go ahead and keep it for each video, so that all of the information would be handy and someone wouldn’t have to hunt for it.

I tried thinking of the sort of videos that have helped me, and although I may have made them too long or spent too much time on them, I hope they are helpful.

At least I know how to edit videos now.

Or at least, one way to edit videos anyway. It’s been an interesting lesson in learning to make videos. I’m sure I probably did some things the hard way, but I found a format that worked for me. At least for projects like this.  I would also like to keep them all similar.

Not sure how often I’ll make or post videos.

It definitely took a long time to get these finished and posted. Part of that was the recent health stuff going on, a sewing project I was scrambling to finish in time, and the fact that my computer apparently doesn’t like working with video afterall.  It created a choppy effect that drove me nuts, but I just have to accept that my computer isn’t quite powerful enough to work with video that often.

Videos are in the Image Gallery.

To keep things simple, the videos are linked from the Image Gallery. I decided to keep photos and videos together to make things easier. I will most likely have a link in the side bar directly to the Knotting Shuttle page, but here is the direct link for now.

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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8 Responses to Knotting Shuttle Videos Online!

  1. I understand the concern about including the material list in front of each video, but people seem used to jumping ahead to what they want with videos. It’s good to have it there for those who may not watch them all in order.

    I like the way the videos turned out. You are very good at explaining things and considering the audience. I like that there are occasional little glitches that people will actually encounter and how you roll with them and show people how to fix things they may encounter. So many times, videos focus only on a perfect run with something, and the audience is left wondering, “What do I do when things don’t turn out so well?”

    You have that covered, and you also cover a lot of perfect moments showing people how to do something cool 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    I just watched the first one and my goodness, you did a great job! So informative, and you come across as very poised and clearly, knowledgable. Looking forward to watching more.

  3. Thanks Mary! The couching video isn’t quite as confident — I’m still learning to trust how to start and end threads in embroidery. I keep waiting for projects to fall apart 😉 Heheheh!

  4. Oops, and I forgot to say “Thanks Christopher!” You were a HUGE help with the videos as well 🙂

  5. I’ve watched up through double knots so far and I am so enjoying these. Now I want a little wrist bag to carry handwork around in. Could be nice for lucet, too!

  6. Theresa: Excellent! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them and thinking of what you can add for your handwork accessories. That’s the main reason I wanted to share. I had come across knotting in my embroidery book, and then the website that explained it… it seemed interesting and I wanted to try it. I didn’t realize I’d have so much fun with it. In fact, I have to ignore the knotting shuttles now or else I’d be knotting constantly — and if my husband sees me knotting, he usually grabs another shuttle and joins me. I’d probably have enough knotted thread to last a lifetime. Ha! I’ve heard of others contemplating knotting, but not sure if they should go ahead and try it… I would love to see more people doing it and sharing with each other about historical examples as well as personal, modern styles. It seems so simple, but I have had a lot of people fascinated by it and wanting to know more. Thanks so much for checking out the videos. Best wishes!

  7. Caroline says:

    Thanks for posting these. I have a knotting shuttle and hadn’t tried to use it yet. This inspires me to! Learn by doing!

  8. Caroline: Excellent! I hope you try it soon, and please post any helpful tips and supplies that work for you as well as any other resources you find. I’m hoping to find other types of threads to use for knotting, but admittedly I am not familiar with period threads and cords yet.

    Best wishes! 😀

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