The bullion stitch is a popular hand embroidery technique that is used in making simple motifs. Also known by the names bullion knot, caterpillar, coil, post and worm stitches it is an elongated knot that can be grouped for making dense textures. It has an embossed 3D look and is a part of Brazilian embroidery. The stitch also finds applications in cutwork, lace work and is the basic decoration of smocking. You can use the knot as leaves, buds, flower petals, etc. on a girl’s dress.
Bullion Stitch Procedure
- Milliner’s needle
- Fabric that you want to embroider
How to Make Bullion Stitch Step by Step
Step 1: Bring the needle up, take it down through the fabric at the desired stitch length taking care to not pull the thread all the way through the fabric and bring it up partly through the same point.
Step 2: Wrap the thread around the needle without any overlapping as shown in the figure. The distance of the wound thread should be the same as the stitch length mentioned in step 1.
Step 3: Use your finger to hold the wrapped thread and pull out the needle through the wraps. Pull the needle out completely in the upward direction till the turns lay on the cloth as shown.
Step 4: In the end, gently push the wraps close to each other with the needle and take the needle down through the end point of the row, maintaining tension in the thread.
Step 5: The stitch is now complete. It takes a linear shape like a skinny football.
Bullion Stitch Video Tutorial
If you want to decorate your bed cover with a big flower, for example, you can use the long bullion stitch. For this, you have to take a longer needle and increase the number of wraps around it.
If the number of wraps is plentiful and the space for the stitch is small, the knot would curve into a loop shape. You can use it for making flowers on a cloth bag.
Free Bullion Stitch Embroidery Patterns
The spiral pattern of the stitch can be used in making a dainty rose. It suits beginners and can be done on blankets. Click on the link below for the step by step.
Make this pretty flower and surround it with flowers made with other stitches for creating a bouquet. You may vary the length of the petals for a unique look. Similarly, needlework daisy, train and grapes can be embroidered.
The bumblebee looks cute on your Easter basket. Other animals that can be made with the stitch are bunnies, ladybird, bear, elephant and sheep. Critters like ducks bring a smile to kids’ faces.
Beautiful lavenders are embroidered by stitching the bullion knot straight. The flowers are made with six wraps around the needle. If you want them longer, you can make it twelve.
By now, you must be eager to start off with your needle and thread. If you want, you can draw lines on your material for guiding the direction of the stitch. Master it with practice to make lovely dresses and accessories that garner a lot of attention for their hand embroidery.