I have always knotted, knowing that it is a no no in embroidery. I work the tails in so they do not show through. Just wondering what others do with this at the beginning and ending. This is the fourth hand embroidery I have done, I like the fact I can carry it with me and work on it when I am sitting around for one reason or another. I know a couple of ladies who do beautiful work but always forget to ask them.