Thursday, August 27, 2009

BAS Week 35 - Bullion Stitch

This time the BAS Challenge is a stitch that can be used in either seams or motifs. It is an incredibly versatile stitch once you learn it. I put off learning the bullion stitch because I found it very intimidating, but I have to say that once I got the hang of it I have had a lot of fun with it. The possibilities are almost endless..... bullion roses...


... figures like watering cans...

...Christmas puddings...



... this little robin and worm - my personal favourite!...

....romantic hearts filled with roses...

... even a beehive and little bees....

... or baby rattles! See, the possibilities really are endless!
Now that I hope I have you inspired with ideas, here is the scoop on this stitch. It is simply a glorified french knot!
There is an excellent video tutorial on Mary Corbet's Needle'nThread blog in her Video Library of Stitches. Mary has also written very good information and tips in this post.
You can also check out Sharon B's Dictionary of Stitches for a good written tutorial with very clear photos.
There is a wonderful book in Country Bumpkin`s A - Z series, A - Z of Bullions. You can often find a sale on these books if you google the title. Most of the motifs I have shared above came from this book and I highly recommend it. While searching for information I found another book listed, Bullion Stitch Embroidery: From Roses to Wildflowers, written by Jenny Bradford. I have ordered a copy and am looking forward to seeing it when it arrives. I wonder if anyone already has a copy and can tell me if they recommend it?
My last word on bullions is that you will save yourself a lot of headaches if you use a Milliner`s needle. These needles have no bulge in the shaft where the eye is so they pass through the stitch much easier.










4 comments:

Aida Costa said...

Kerry, I'm envious!! What beautiful stitching and lovely designs. I have tried and tried yet I can't seem to master this stitch. I agree that Mary's video is wonderful. I have also found that perle cotton gives me the best results but I really wanted to use some DMC satin floss I have. I must keep practicing!!

Jo in NZ said...

I LOVE that robin. Expect to see it recreated as a bluebird soon....lol

Ritva said...

Oh so lovely stitching Kerry!

The Museum Quilt Guild said...

I LOVE the little bird! I love your blog...I need a chunk of time to go through it all. I am intrigued!!