All in Knots


Designer: Heidi Palkovic

Clusters of French knots in graduating shades of orange give a large covered button an ombré effect in the center of a velvet brooch.


  • 8″ square of ivory fabric
  • 1-7/8″-diameter covered button
  • Water-soluble fabric marking pen
  • 5″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • DMC embroidery floss: #920, #921, #3776, #3827, Ecru
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4×8″ piece of teal velvet
  • 4″ square of heavyweight interfacing (such as Pellon Peltex 70)
  • Pin back
  • Teal sewing thread
  • Flower pattern (download it here)

Assemble the Button:

1. Follow the covered button kit packaging instructions to create a template. Or use an acrylic covered button template, such as the one we used from Dritz ( Trace template onto ivory fabric using a water-soluble marking pen. Mark a small dot at the center of the circle.

2. Center the fabric in the embroidery hoop, pull the fabric taut, and tighten the hoop.

3. Using three strands of #920 embroidery floss wrapped twice around the needle, stitch a French knot on the center dot. See our basic stitch instructions here.
4. Stitch a ring of French knots using #920 floss around the center knot. Continue adding rings of knots around the center knot until you have a cluster of knots that is approximately 3/8″ in diameter. End the stitches by inserting the needle under the stitches on the back side of the work and trim the thread ends.

5. Continue adding rings of French knots around the previous knots using progressively lighter colors, ending with ecru knots on the outside and when the embroidered area is about 1-1/2″ in diameter. Remove embroidery from hoop.

6. Refer to “How to Make a Covered Button,” to cut out and assemble covered button.

7. Use flower pattern and trace it onto white paper; cut out. Trace flower pattern twice onto the wrong side of velvet; cut out pieces. Trace the pattern onto heavyweight interfacing. Cut out the pattern approximately 1/4″ inside the traced lines.

8. Stitch the covered button to the center of one velvet flower shape.

9. With wrong sides facing, layer the two velvet flower shapes with the smaller interfacing flower shape in between and the raw edges aligned. Blanket-stitch the shapes together using three strands of #3827 embroidery floss. To blanket-stitch, see our basic stitch instructions hereNote: Make your blanket stitches short enough so the stitches do not go through the interfacing.

10. Stitch the pin back to the back of the brooch using teal sewing thread.


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