Bullion Knot

Also known as: bullion stitch, caterpillar stitch, coil stitch, knot stitch, post stitch, worm stitch, Puerto Rico rose, grub knot

This is an interesting stitch used to make simple motifs. I would say that this is an β€˜elongated’ knot which can be used liberally to group together and make dense textures. This stitch gives an embossed look, contributing to the Brazilian embroidery that uses stitches of 3D nature. πŸ™‚

Note to use a Milliners needle for this stitch. A milliners needle has the same thickness throughout its length, thus making the passing of the wound thread through the needle easy. You will be saving a lot of frustration by using this needle. πŸ˜€

Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A and put the needle through B at a desired length. Fig 2: Now, bring the needle out through A again. Then, wind the thread around the needle as shown. The distance of wound thread should measure the same as the distance between A and B.
Too many or too less wraps will spoil the stitch.
Fig 3: Then, hold the wrapped thread with your fingers and pull the needle out with the other finger. Keep pulling the needle completely in an upward direction till the wraps lay on the fabric as shown above. Adjust and straighten the wraps if required and put in the needle back through B. Fig 4: The finished bullion stitch would look like this.
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  1. Kimberly United States Google Chrome  SM-G950U Build/NRD90M) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.137 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Hi Sarah!
    Thanks for teaching the bullion stitch! Its so fun. Could you tell me (or do a tutorial) how to make the stitch look thicker in various places along the tube? I’d like to use them to make some tubular soft coral plants, which need to be thicker than I can get most bullion stitches. I’d also like to make it varying thickness for making it look more natural.
    Would so appreciate any help. Thank you!

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Kimberly.

      It’s nice to know that you enjoyed working with the Bullion stitch. I particularly enjoy making small roses with them.
      Making a bullion stitch look thicker in various places along the tube ( I understand you want a single bullion stitch, but in various thickness?) is kind of challenging. You will have to break it down into various bullion stitches, each one in varying thickness by using using threads in various thickness.
      I am not sure if I understood your requirement correctly. But if this helped, please let me know!

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