To knot or not to knot, that is the question. Although a small knot at the end of your yarn or thread securely anchors the work in progress, the back of your embroidery will look neater and smoother if it is knot-free.
- Insert a threaded needle from the backside of the fabric, and pull through all but an inch or two of unknotted thread. (Image 1)
- Hold the loose end down, covering it with stitches as you work. (Image 2)
- Or, make a couple of running stitches, backstitch and then cover those as you work. (Image 3)
- Slide the needle under existing stitches on the wrong side of the fabric if you have already started the design. (Image 4)
- Leave the loose end of the thread under these stitches.