The Bullion Knot is frequently used in embroidery. It can, however, be worked on canvas of any size. This stitch may be used as a decorative stitch by working it over a
previously stitched background. There are two methods of working this stitch. One method is to start a horizontal straight stitch, but, before bringing the needle and yarn down through the second canvas hole, twist the yarn to create a "twisted look" and then move the needle and yarn through the second hole. The best (and easiest) method is to create the horizontal straight stitch and work the "twisted stitches" over it. This method will keep the yarn tension constant and help prevent the canvas from warping. Regardless of the method, the bullion knot creates a "corkscrew" look when complete.The second method is the method that is demonstrated here. Two diagrams have been used to demonstrate this stitch.
Bullion Knot (Diagram 1):
Bring the needle up at A, move to the right over five canvas threads, bring the needle down at B. This completes the foundation stitch - similar to trammed stitches. However, the next part is distinctly different. Now, continue on to Diagram 2...
Bullion Knot (Diagram 2):
Beginning where we left off at B, bring the needle up at C, bring the needle down at D. Now, this is where it gets interesting...do NOT work the needle and yarn under the canvas thread. Instead, work the needle/yarn AROUND the horizontal stitch (the A/B stitch). Then, work the E/F stitch around the horizontal stitch, followed by G/H, I/J, K/L and so on...Remember, you are creating a "corkscrew" effect by twisting the yarn around the foundation stitch. Work as many twisting stitches as you can fit - just be sure to maintain an even tension.