The French Knot
For such a tiny stitch the French Knot is a difficult to master. I learned how to map out this stitch from Debbie Kelly and she in turn learned it from Gayl Ratigan - two members of the Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery Guild. They used the face of a clock as a guide. I've decided to use a Compass to illustrate the steps.
Photo 1 - To practice this stitch draw a simple Compass on your cloth.
Photo 2 - Needle up through the center of the Compass.
Photo 3 - Pull thread to the West.
Photo 4a and Figure 1 Wrap the needle with the amount called for in your pattern. If the number of wraps are not mentioned 1 or 2 wraps are enough. (Figure 1) Wrap the the thread Northward (clockwise).
Photo 5 - Pull your thread to the South and your needle lies to the East (the eye of the needle pointing to the East). With the point of your needle enter the fabric a few fabric threads away from your knot.
Photo 6 - Holding your thread tightly to the South push your needle down through the fabric. Pull the thread underneath your fabric gently while keeping the tension of the thread above tight. Slowly pull the thread through the fabric.
Photo 7 - Give your thread a little tug to seat the knot in place. Tie off.