|When hand sewing, placing a knot at the end of a strand of thread (and making it big enough) can be fiddly. A few years ago, I took a hand piecing/quilting class and my quilting teacher taught me this fast and simple technique to make a great knot. She learned it from an Australian lady, hence the name!
* Thread a needle. Hold the needle horizontally with your left thumb and index finger (assuming you are right-handed) with the point towards your right hand. The thread should just dangle down.
* Now, pick up the end of the thread with your right hand and grip it with your left thumb together with the needle. You should now have a loop of thread hanging from your left hand.
* With your right hand, grab the thread near the end (where you are holding it) and wrap it around the needle about three times.
* Add the wrapped thread to your left thumb/index finger grip.
* Here's the magic: Hold on to the needle with your right hand while you let your left hand slide the wrapped thread off the needle to the left and continue down the length of the thread and form a knot at the end! Tug at the thread end to secure the knot.
It sounds complicated, but it's REALLY easy once you try it. You can adjust the size of the knot by wrapping the thread more or less.