Bullion Knot Stitch

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Bullion knot stitch is a beautiful 3D stitch that can be used to stitch a variety of flowers. Rose is the most common flower stitched with the bullion knot.

Other names:

Caterpillar stitch,

Coil stitch,

Knot stitch,

Post stitch,

Worm stitch,

Porto rico rose,

Grub knot

In this stitch, the thread is at first wrapped around the needle and the needle is then pulled through. This will be easier if the needle is of the same thickness throughout. This is important because in many needles, the eye end of the needle will be broader than the sharp tip of the needle.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Each bullion knot is worked between 2 spots (A and B here). Bring needle up at A and go down at B.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Come back up at A. But do not pull the needle all the way through the fabric. Let the needle stand vertically like shown below.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Now start wrapping the working thread around the needle. The number of wraps is determined by the distance between A and B.

Wrap the thread around needle with your left hand while holding the part of the needle that is below the fabric with your right hand (assuming that right hand is your dominant hand)

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Here is how you can check if the number of wraps are enough. Lay the needle flat and check if the wraps reach till point B.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Now pull the needle out. When pulling the needle up with your right hand, hold the wraps in place with the thumb and pointer of your left hand. The wraps should not become loose. They have to be held in place as close as possible to the fabric at point A.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

As you keep pulling, you will see that the caterpillar like coil starts to lie down on the fabric between A and B.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Anchor the knot to the fabric by going down at B.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Finished look of bullion knot stitch.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

Flower with radiating yellow petals.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

The center of the flower was worked with french knot stitches.

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

bullion knot - hand embroidery tutorials

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