bullion knots

Hi guys, so this is the way I make roses using the bullion knot. Hopefully if you are trying this you have an understanding of the bullion knot because it will help.

Step 1: So first of, I think it’s best to make three french knots in the centre of the rose. You don’t need to but I think it help give you a structure to work around.

Step 2: Next you want to make a bullion knot that goes across the centre. 

Step 3: This bit is important! the wrappings around the needle needs to be LONGER than the distance between the holes, this will help give the bullion knot movement and make it curve.

Step 4: When pulling the knot tight, you will need to make sure it curves around the centre like the picture above.

Step 5: The next stitch should be going directly over what you’ve done so far. Pretty much like this picture.

Step 6: Repeat this a third time and you have what I cal the ‘foundations’ of the rose. This will be what you work around to build up the layers.

Step 7: Repeat the knots going around the outside of the foundations. You should keep building these up until you’re happy with how its looking. It may take a bit of practice to understand how it works, but as always, practice makes perfect!

And that’s pretty much to. Hope this was helpful for some of you, I try my best to make these understandable, but if you are having any problems please let me know.

This is my guide to getting started with embroidery!

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Hello everyone, this guide is based on how I do my embroidery. Some of my methods aren’t perfect but they work for me and hopefully they’ll work for you.

This will be done in three parts: equipment, execution, and bonus tips.

This first part will help you get everything ready before you start. (this is quite a lost post under the cut and I’m not even sure it works on mobile lol)

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Hello everyone, here is my way of doing bullion knots. This probably isn’t the best method but it’s how I do them and maybe you can find this useful.

Step 1: I like to mark out how long I want my stitch to be. You don’t have to do this step but it might help if you want to be extra precise.

Step 2: I’m using pearl cotton thread for this knot (unlike stranded cotton this thread doesn’t separate into different strands but it is also a bit shinier). Thread the cotton through the top hole back into the bottom hole. The important thing here is to keep a long strand of thread between the holes, this is called the working thread. i think…

Step 3: I forgot to take the picture before this stage OTL. Using a long needle with the eye the same width as the needle (I think it’s called a bullion needle but i’m not sure). Bring the needle throughout the top hole but leave half the needle through the fabric. While you have your needle through the fabric, wrap the thread around the needle like so. Stop wrapping when the wrappings reach the point which is the bottom hole.

Step 4: Pull the needle all the way through wile holing on the the wrappings, Try and pull it as snug as you can. It should look like this with the thread sticking out the end.

Step 5: To fix the thread hanging out, just thread it back through the bottom hole.

Step 6: And there it is! The bullion knot or stitch or whatever it technically is. This stitch can be used to make some pretty cool roses but it requires PRACTICE! trust me, the more you can master this in its simplest form i.e. a straight knot, you can find the roses a bit easier. Here is a link to the bullion knot rose tutorial [x]

Here’s a quick look at the different types of cotton. The left one is pearl cotton, its shinier and easier to work with for this stitch. The left one is six strands of stranded cotton, its not as easy to use because the strands separate and it goes a bit weird. Its not as shiny but overall it is possible to use both threads for this knot/ stitch.
I hope some of you found this helpful and as always please message me if you need help with anything and I’ll try my best to help.

An historic lot belonging to Captain Philo Norton McGiffin, Annapolis legend and founder of the Imperial Chinese Naval Academy

Philo Norton McGiffin, 1860-97, graduated from Annapolis in 1882. His career as a cadet is still remembered there for his practical jokes and ebullient sense of humor. After graduation he served one tour at sea but as the navy was quite small at the time there were only a limited number of commissions available and he did not receive one. Traveling to the Orient, he offered his services to the Imperial Chinese Navy and was given a commission as a lieutenant. He helped set up the Navy Academy in Tianjin and served as a professor there for nine years. At the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War he was assigned to the Northern Fleet of Admiral Tang Ju Chang and commanded the battleship Chen Yuen. At the Battle of the Yalu River in 1894, a disastrous defeat for the Chinese, Captain McGiffin was wounded some 40 times as his ship received over 400 rounds of enemy fire but he was still able to bring her back to port. His severe wounds forced his retirement and return to the U.S. After three years of poor health and facing mental instability and losing his eyesight, he committed suicide in the hospital in New York City.

This is somewhat beyond the usual scope of my blog, but I decided to post it for a few reasons–the lot is just plain cool, the Imperial Chinese Navy Officer’s Sword is based on the British Pattern 1827/46 Naval Officer’s Sword (the pommel is a dragon’s head rather than a lion’s head!), and the sword was made by Wilkinson.

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AN INDIAN GENERAL OFFICER’S SWORD, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with curved single-edged blade, inlaid with a decorative panel of brass lines and pellets on one side, gilt-brass mameluke-hilt cast and chased with scrolls in low relief, applied on each side of the cross-piece with a crown surmounted by a lion, and fitted with a pair of ivory grip-scales retained by brass foliate washers (one washer missing), complete with its silver bullion sword knot (worn), in its original silk-covered wooden scabbard with gilt-brass mounts cast and chased with flowers along the sides (the silk faded and with areas of wear), the middle-band, chape and locket each decorated with sprays of rose and thistle foliage, the latter fitted with spring-locking catch, and applied on each side in silver with the Harp of Erin
76cm; 29 7/8in