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Rose Bud Bullion Tutorial

Bullion's are one of my favorite stitches to make. Often times, many people seem to have a little trouble making them, so I decided to put together this tutorial of the way I make mine, which hopefully will be easy to understand and help you create your own beautiful bullion's!

We will begin with a simple bullion knot - This stitch is also nice used as a tiny bud.:

Bring needle up thru top of a pleat. Take needle thru one pleat. Wrap needle 8 times clockwise

Using thumb & index finger hold the wrapped thread between your fingers keeping all the wraps tight together. Using your other hand, grab the needle and start pulling it up, while you are still holding the wraps with your left hand. Do not let go of the wraps until the needle is all the way pulled thru.

When you let go, all the wraps should look like this.

Using your thumb and index finger with your left hand and gently tug the thread with your right hand until the wraps all sit neatly together. Take your needle down to back side of fabric and tie off.

Bullion Rose Bud Instructions

Bring needle up thru top of a pleat. Take needle thru two pleats. Wrap needle 8 times clockwise.

Using thumb & index finger hold the wrapped thread between your fingers keeping all the wraps tight together. Using your other hand, grab the needle and start pulling it up, while you are still holding the wraps with your left hand. Do not let go of the wraps until the needle is all the way pulled thru.Take needle down thru 2nd pleat to the back.

Choose a lighter shade of thread, Bring needle up the left side of the next pleat. Take needle thru 4 pleats starting at the far right thru to the far left. Start wrapping clockwise. Increase wraps to 12. Once again, using your thumb and index finger of your left hand, hold the wraps in place, as your right hand gently pulls the thread thru the wraps.

Bring bullion over to the right side and needle to the back of fabric. Bring needle back up to the left side of the pleat, then bite thru 4 pleats as shown. Wrap 12 times clockwise. Once again hold wraps as instructed and gently pull thread thru. Bring bullion across to the other side, then needle to back and tie off.

Add lazy daisy stitches on either side, above or below, or above on one corner and below on the other to make a beautiful completed bullion bud!

Bullion Full Rose Instructions

To make a full Rose, you will follow the instructions above for the Bullion Bud, then you will work your way around the center 2 bullions (bud) to create your rose. You will want to turn your fabric as you work around the rose. Each time you will wrap 12 times clockwise, then bring the thread to the back, before starting on another petal. The rose can be any size you want by increasing the petals around. I just made one ring around my main two starting bullions (bud), but I could start another round - when you do that, you will increase the amount of petals. For instance, I have 5 petals around my bullion rose, if I decided to go around again, my next round might have 7 or 8 petals.

Add lazy daisy stitches on either side, above or below, or above on one corner and below on the other to make a beautiful completed bullion bud!