Embroidery Tutorial ~ Bullion Knot

The Bullion Knot

Here you can see bullion knots and french knots. The bullion knots are long sausage shaped knots and the french knots are little dots.

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The Stitch

The Bullion Knot seems complicated but it is well worth practicing because the effects it allows you to create are great in number.  Take a look at Sharon B’s Bullion Knot Special Feature.  By the way, I recommend Sharon B’s Stitch Dictionary 150%.  Her photos, instructions, and sheer volume of information can not be beat. She has far more than I ever intend to do here.

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Bring your needle up at B, down at A, then up again at B.  Keep your needle in the fabric as shown in the photo.

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Wrap your needle with your thread as many times as will fill the distance from A to B.  If you want your bullion knot to raise up in a little curve above your fabric give it a couple extra wraps.

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Holding the bullion wraps firmly against the fabric, pull your needle through the wraps.  This is tricky.  If you wrap too tightly you will have a difficult time pulling your needle through, if you wrap too loosely, your knot will most likely be sloppy.  This part takes a bit of patience to get the tension correct.

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Here you can see the needle and thread pulled through the wraps.

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Keep gently pulling the needle thread through the knot  until it doubles back  and aligns with A.  Insert your needle at A and pull thread through.

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I like to bury my threads in the back of my work as often as possible. You can see that I do tie a knot at the beginning (to the left and below the point of the needle in the photo). When I’m done with the color I’m using or have completed my motif, I bring my needle and thread to the back of the work. Doing a shallow running stitch (make sure you don’t pierce the motif and have your knot show in the right side of your work) I work the needle through the ground fabric a couple stitches.

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I turn my work and stitch back along those same few stitches so that I sew the thread to itself. This is a very sturdy tie off.

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4 thoughts on “Embroidery Tutorial ~ Bullion Knot

  1. Why thank you both!

    Into the Dawn: The pouch can be yours. Is is for sale. 😉 The tassels are done now too, all finishing touches complete. Tassel demo coming this week but I can send you a photo if you’re interested. Or we could barter. I adore that box you made with the greens and golds/coppers with the pentagram and the Greenman face. Something like that could be arranged. 😉

    Mel: Colors can be tough. Believe it not my parents had me tested at the age of three (and later too) and it was determined that I have “a sophisticated sense of color” whatever that means. Perhaps it’s just that I can recognize the difference between rust and pumpkin or that I decided to call rust ‘pumpkin.’ *laugh* That said, I took some art courses at the local community college. Color theory can help a great deal.

    This site even has a download for a color wheel software (Free sample version) and some pretty good stuff on color.
    http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-theory-basics.html
    http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-theory-basics.html
    http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/sample-schemes.html

    And thank you so much for the award!! I kind of coveted that one secretly!

    Cheers to you both, as you are inspirations to me too.

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