Peking Knot

Sketch of a Peking knot. Sketch of a Peking knot.

The Peking knot is characteristic for much of Chinese traditional embroidery in silk, whereby rows of these fine stitches are used to fill in the motifs. Other, more romantic names for this stitch are the blind stitch and the forbidden stitch.

This type of knot has various names and variants, such as the Chinese stitch, French knot, forbidden knot and knot stitch. All these names refer to a type of stitch that creates small knots on the ground fabric by wrapping the embroidery thread around a needle and stitching it down.

The Peking knot was often used in China (with a floss silk embroidery thread) together with satin stitch and couching for highly ornamented silk garments.

See also Parsi embroidery from India


  • CLABBURN, Pamela (1976). The Needleworker's Dictionary, New York, esp. p. 60.
  • WANG Yarong (1987). Chinese Embroidery, New York & Hong, esp. pp 141-142.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 29 May 2016)

Digital source


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