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Friday, September 23, 2011

Emboridery 101: Bullion Knots

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Bullion Knots are another great, versatile stitch {I'm beginning to notice that I call almost every stitch "versatile", maybe they all are!}, these knots can be used in many ways, including flowers, filler, or other foliage {I've seen them used to make roses, I've got to try it!}.

This is a stitch I've been wanting to try {yes, some of these stitches are new to me too!}, but hadn't really found the right place for.  Through a little practice, I found they're rather easy, they just take a bit of getting used to.  So, let's begin.

Start by making a loop with the thread in the fabric.

Carefully wrap the thread around the point of the needle before pulling it through the fabric {I found four times was the right length for my knots, but this will vary depending on knot length and thread width}.

Gently push the loops of thread to the base of the needle and hold in place while carefully pulling the needle and remaining thread through the knots.

Continue pulling until all the thread has passed through.  The knot will then lay back down on the fabric.

Stitch the thread back into the fabric at the base of the knot.  A few finished knots will look something like this:

The form rather easily with some practice, just make sure to hold the thread in place before pulling it through, otherwise it will create a mess {I know this form experience!}.


  1. Ooh, can't wait to see what use you have for this one...!

  2. Oooo I love this stitch! I've ordered some Loulouthi pearlized cotton , should be arriving next week, can't wait to try out some of your tutorials and patterns!

  3. Phew! I stitched in between work hours today and finished the last block. I am caught up after all. Woo Hoo!!! Bring on the next block!!

  4. Oh, that's a cool stitch. =)

  5. I love this stitch. Thank you for sharing.


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