Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Video Tutorial: How to Tie a Classic Knot

I think one of the most frustrating things about stamping is getting your knots to look "just right". I made this video a while back and would like to share it here on Stamping 411.

When practicing your knots, I tell my customers to use Stampin' Up!s wide grosgrain ribbon. It's wide enough to help you understand what needs to happen to the knot to make it flat. If you do not own wide grosgrain, your next best choice would be the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. The Taffeta and Organza ribbons are too soft and smooth to practice on. Once you get the technique down then start playing with all the other wonderful ribbons out there!!

Some helpful hints when tying knots (this is all mentioned in the video):
  • only pull one side at a time....this allows you to control the knot
  • cut a longer length ribbon than you really need when you practice...nothing is more frustrating than working with a too short piece of ribbon
  • use your index finger to slide the knot down into place

If you've found this video useful, please leave us a comment. We love to hear from you!!!

Happy Stamping everyone!!

Patti Chesky (Stamping 411 Operator)


  1. Thanks, Patti. Most of my knots come out ok, but it's good to know that pulling one side at a time helps to keep the knot flat.

  2. Thanks, Patti. I always do tie a square knot, but didn't know that the vertical and pulling one side at a time makes it flatter. How 'bout a flat bow tutorial?!

  3. Thank you for the video. It is very helpful.
    Marilyn Mae

  4. Thank you for the video - sometimes the simplest things can be little foxes that catch us out! I will be practicing this a few more times to get it just right.

  5. Thank you for the video tutorial. Sometimes my knots come out great, sometimes not so great. I never knew why whatever I did worked sometimes, but not others. Now, I'll practice doing it this one way so I will always have nice, flat knots.