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.
The French Knot
A row of pretty little knots…
The combination of the buttonhole stitch and the stem stitch around a motif, in this case with three different colors, allows the motif to raise up a bit and provides more texture and a 3-D effect. One of the things I do the most is to use several rows of stem stitch. I love the way it feels and the shading possibilities. I consider it my signature style.
Design and Layout
I recommend doing some sketches of your design before progressing. This will aid you greatly by helping you know what your applique shapes need to be and where they go. Once you iron your applique pieces down, you can only rarely remove them without damaging them and the ground fabric. The design doesn’t have to be complete or exact. I like to leave lots of room for fun. You can also use colored pencils for your designs although I do not. I like the colors to guide me as a I work.
(this sketch is not the same used for the actual embroidery, sorry)
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Collect all the materials you will need to complete your bag. Shown here is the pouch fabric, drawstring cord, embroidery threads, beads for the drawstring tassels (separate tutorial, coming soon), applique pieces. Not shown here is the lining and additional applique pieces.