|Alone or with a french knot, bullion knots can really add something special to your work. They can feel a little bit intimidating at first but if you remember to keep your tension easy so you can pull the needle through the wraps, it will quickly become a valued stitch in your repertoire. The beauty it adds is worth the practice.|
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Here you can see the needle and thread pulled through the wraps.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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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