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Bullion Stitch Embroidery

oJoat | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi, I’ve just recently become interested in bullion stitch embroidery and I can only find one book on the topic.  The local library is going to start charging me rent I’ve checked it out so many times.

Does anyone know of any resources for this kind of embroidery?


  1. rjf | | #1

    This is only one or two pages but very good pictures:



    1. Jean | | #2

      Great resource! Thanks.  I've bookmarked that page.

      1. rjf | | #5

        I have you to thank for that.  Google seemed like an unfriendly, foreign place but you  kept finding things there so I kept trying.  There seems to be a mind set that lets you pick the right words to search for and then it seems easy.     rjf

        1. Jean | | #6

          LOL...right-o ! Google is our friend. :)

    2. oJoat | | #3

      Thanks, I've bookmarked that site.

      Have you ever tried to do a bullion stitch? and have you any suggestions on which thread/floss would work best?

      Edited 5/8/2003 10:11:51 AM ET by JOAT

      1. rjf | | #4

        Well, I think I have but so long ago, it's a very hazy memory.  Probably I was using 2 strands of embroidery floss and the appropriate needle.  It seems to me that it felt like a French knot but longer and you don't put the needle back in where you came up, but instead a little way off.  When I asked just recently about curved bullion stitches, someone (Sanderson?) told me that you put the needle back in closer to where you came up than the length of the winding.  You can make it lie straight if you go back in where you ended the windings.  Does that make sense?  I hope.     rjf

        1. oJoat | | #7

          Thanks, I think I've actually gotten the curved stitch down and now I'm practising on roses and I must admit I like making a rose in less than 12 stitches.

          A practical hint about Google: if you can't find it, ask Theodora! It's worked for me lots of times ;-)

  2. anneelsberry | | #8

    Anything by Country Bumpking in Australia has a lot on it, particularly their book "A to Z of Bullion Embroidery." http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au They also publish the magazines Insprations and Australian Smocking. They're a bit pricey to buy from stores in the states -- its actually cheaper to order from Australia and have them shipped because the exchange rate is so good.

    1. oJoat | | #9

      Thanks, I'll put that one on my wish list.

      BTW I changed to my real name as opposed to the one I sign in with.


      1. JeanetteR | | #10


        I'm Australian, and subscribe to Inspirations.  The A-Z of Bullion Knots, by Country Bumpkin is lovely, I'd highly reccommend it.  Their Baby Book also has some beautiful easy projects, lovely embroidery on vests (Singlets, Stateside?) to pretty up plain bought ones for babies, etc, see http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au/cgi-bin/shop/bumpkin.cgi?page=frame_quicksearch.html&keywords=azseries    A lovely reference, but great for projects too. 

        Some of the Inspirations issues have had great Bullion Knot projects - would you like me to look out which ones for you?  Most of the back issues are still available at the cover price, whereas I've notices on Aussie eBay the most outrageous prices being asked in US dollars!

        They have a forum, too but not as lively as this one!  Jeanette

        1. oJoat | | #11

          Thanks for the information, my sister has been collecting their magazines for a number a years (She insists it's her only vice ;-)) and now I have an excuse to borrow them.

          I'm in Canada and they cost about $20 including tax here new (Well almost new, they don't get here until 2 months later)


          1. JeanetteR | | #12

            Sometimes they come pretty cheap on aussie ebay, if I see one in an op. shop for a song I'll buy it and send it on to you!  Once in a while at the website they offer 3 for a good deal - try emailing them to see if there's one going now, it's http://www.countrybumpkin.com.au

          2. oJoat | | #13

            What a lovely offer, thank you!

            The store here that did carry the magazine closed at the end of April. In this instance I live in the wrong Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada)


          3. SisterT | | #14

            Have you tried Brazilian embroidery?  I looked up "bullion knot" and the two look similar.


  3. louise | | #15

    Dear KellY Anne

    The Reader's Digest complete encylopedia of needlework has excellent instructions for bullion knots and lots of other neat stitches.

    If you really want a great book for detached and raised stitiches get your hands on

    the Complete Stitch Encyclopedia by Jan Eaton  ISBN 0-8120-9257-0

    Casalguidi Embroidery by Effie Mitrofanis ISBN0-916896-91-9 It has fabulous interpretations of raised work and lots more.

    If you are having trouble getting your local booksellers to find titles for you try Britnell books.  The have an international client base and they can locate almost any title for you.  They ship anywhere in the world.  I have never received a damaged book from them.  They really know their shipping!

    So try them at   [email protected]    I usually address my more exotic requests to Greg Keen, he's been with them forever!

    Also by ordering through them, the books are a little cheaper and you don't have to do all the CCRA nonsense when you are ordering from a source outside Canada!

    Good Luck



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