I debated whether or not to post this as this is a topic that has people in both camps and they don’t always agree. But normally it’s not nasty disagreements. It’s just “I do it this way. You do it your way. Both ways work.”
But judging by the nasty look and venom-dipped comment I received yesterday, I have committed a horendous sin in the world of embroidery. The look told me I should be tarred and feathered, burned at the stake, buried ten feet under.
At least that’s how the tone of voice in the comment and the look made me feel.
Honestly, I think that whether you knot or not should be your own personal preference. You knot? Great for you. You do not knot? Also great for you. Does your end result make you happy whether you knot or not? That’s what matters, right?
So, why do I knot? Well, for me I just feel more secure about my embroidery when I knot my threads. I’ve pulled my threads out accidently a few times when I’ve tried not knotting.
I also park my threads to the side of my work instead of ending the thread if I know I’ll use the color again in the same area. That helps result in less knots on the back.
In needle painting, since I’m using only one single thread at a time the resulting knots are small and do not result in a lump.
And the front isn’t lumpy either. :) This is my current progress on the trio of roses.
So, knot or not, which do you prefer? Either way you go, I’m sure your work is beautiful.