Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bullion Stitch

This week's beautiful embroidery stitch is the bullion stitch.  It can be a little tricky to get the hang of but a lot of fun trying.
Also you can make the most beautiful roses or rosebuds once you get the hang of it.    Ofcourse, that is going to take many hours of practice for me this week, as I still cannot make a decent bullion rose.   Once I get there I will share

The idea here is to come up through the fabric at 1, down at 2 and then back half way through at 1 again (slightly beside the thread).

You then start wrapping your thread anti clockwise around the needle about six to eight times.

 Pull this down neatly until it makes a medium tight consistency.
Now the tricky bit.   You need to slowly push the stitches down the needle as you are pushing your needle up completely through the fabric.  I use my thumb and forefinger of my right hand to push the thread down.  The next little tricky bit is to now hold the stitch gently on the fabric and pull your needle and thread up and back towards you so that the stitch is sitting like the picture below.

You then anchor the stitch by putting your needle down through the fabric at number 2.   Voila your stitch is done!



  1. another stitch for the library :) Thanks for sharing Vicki.

  2. Not at all Mel. Glad you are enjoying the stitches and my other posts :)

  3. Noted! Always welcoming new types of stitches. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. A long time since I tried this one - rosebuds on baby gear! lol I'll enjoy trying it again! Thanks VickiLorraine! :)

  5. Thanks for your comments Mrs. Lucky and Nanny...love getting feedback :)