The Bullion knot is the main stitch used in Brazilian embroidery. It is a lovely three dimensional stitch that can add texture to any design.
It is also called the Caterpillar stitch, Coil stitch, Grub knot, Post stitch, Porto Rico Rose and Worm stitch.It's quick and easy to do.
In Brazilian embroidery, rayon thread is used but you can use any thread type in creating this versatile knot. Because it employs multiple wraps around the needle it is recommended that you use a Milliner's needle,whose length will hold more wraps and whose eye doesn't bulge out making it difficult to pull the needle through the fabric.
Watch the videos and follow these directions to perfect your Bullion Knot stitch.
- Enter the fabric from the backside.
- Insert the needle at Point B, which will create the length of the knot.
- Come through right next to the original insert point - do not pull the needle all the through the fabric.
- Wrap in a clockwise direction for "S" twist threads and a counter clockwise direction for "Z" twist threads.
- Depending on the thickness of your thread and your desired design, wrap about 5-15 times around the needle.
- Hold you wrapped threads, which have created a coil, while you gently pull the needle. You may have to coax the thread through.
- Pull the thread all the through working the coil to smooth and tighten.
- Anchor this 3-D stitch by re-inserting the needle right next to Point B.
- Depending on how many wraps you took, you Bullion will either lie on the surface of the fabric or stand up in full 3-D style.
- Count your wraps so you can create even, layered or sculptured designs rather than bumpy ones.
- Wrap your thread evenly put not tightly around the needle. Wrapped too tight, the thread will not pull through correctly.
- Use variegated threads for even more artist expression.
- Use varying shades of the same color thread to create realist nature elements.
- Add some seed beads between wraps.