Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 28: Half Bullioned Chain Stitch

Welcome to the Library at Sunday Stitch School. Tonight we are studying another of Ms Sadako Totsuka's books of altered embroidery stitches,
this one:
where arrangements on the Chain Stitch are explored.

I picked stitch #12 on page 15. It is really a combination of the Chain Stitch and the Bullion Knot Stitch on one side. I will therefore give it the unofficial nickname of Half Bullioned Chain Stitch, as Ms Totsuka haven't given it a name.

Work the Half Bullioned Chain Stitch like this:

Use a Milliners (or straw) needle
and stitch away from yourself.

Begin as you would with a Chain Stitch, but 

 
first wind the thread around the needle as many times as you want the Bullion Knot to be long.

Then pull the needle through and gently tighten the stitch into a nice and plump Bullion Knot.

Insert the needle where you started the Chain and come out in the same hole as you exited.

Form a new stitch in exactly the same way, until you have a line like this.


Your homework will be to make a row of the Half Bullioned Chain Stitch on your sampler. Should you find the time, please feel free to play around with this new stitch in a project.


20 comments:

Chitra Gangadharan said...

while working variations for buttonholed buttonhole stitch, I conveniently escaped from working buttonholed bullion stitch, only to be caught this week. [ha ha ha]
Chitra

Queeniepatch said...

Ha, ha! I am so sorry to give you a challenging stitch!

Linda Calverley said...

I like bullion stitches so I think I should try this version out

Janie said...

Well done, another stitch with amazing possibilities.
Lovely.

Queeniepatch said...

It resembles the Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain (TAST 105), but is worked very differently. In green it would really look like a worm, don't you think?

Queeniepatch said...

Yes! As the bulk is on the top of the fabric, it would be good on crazy quilts or indeed 'sane' quilts, too, and not just for embroidery.

Anonymous said...

j'adore ce nouveau point, je vais l'essayer de suite
Mattia

Queeniepatch said...

I am glad you like it. Do give it a try.

(This is a translation of Mattia's French comment: I love this new point, I will try it on)

margaret said...

love a bullion and the added chain works so well with it it always amazes me at how you find stitches I have never come across before

FlashinScissors said...

Your sampler is looking very pretty, Queenie!
Interesting stitch!
Barbara x

Rachel said...

That's an intriguing new stitch!

Queeniepatch said...

I wouldn't say I love making bullions, but I do like the look of them.
I had not seen this stitch either, before I found it in Ms Totsuka's book.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you. I do like samplers and this one is looking rather good.... if I may say so myself.

Queeniepatch said...

Are you a fan of the Bullion Stitch? Give this version a try.

Séverine said...

This stitch seems very interesting, I'll try it.

Pamela said...

What a pretty stitch. Using a milliner's needle makes all the difference when doing bullions.

Annet said...

Nice stitch, I think it would be nice to alternate the place of the bullion knot.

Queeniepatch said...

Friends of bullion will like it, enemies will not! I hope you are a friend of this kind of stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, I am every so grateful to Sharon B for the advice to use a milliner's needle.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, that would be a good idea. This stitch, and an alternating one, are similar in looks to TAST 104 and 105 (Buttonholed Cable Chain and Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain). The mullioned versions are far more difficult to make though, and if anyone who does not like the tricky bullion would do well to use TAST 104 and 105 instead.