bullion stitch clover – flower embroidery tutorial
bullion stitch clover tutorial
The bullion stitch is great for embroidering small and thin flower petals like for this clover flower. Use them for dandelions, dahlias, chrysanthemum or daisies!
This embroidery stitch is a little bit fiddly to work with. Even I need to take a deep breath when the thread doesn’t want to let go of the needle when I want to pull it through (‘you shall not pass!’ – moments).
Bullion stitch flower
First, embroider the stem and side leaves with single stitches.
Then, use the bullion stitch to create long petals. Depending on how thick your thread is you will need to wrap the needle more or less often. With 3 strands of thread, I wrapped between 6 to 10 times for this clover flower.
If your thread is wound to firmly the needle might not move at all when you try to pull it out. It helps to twist the thread in the opposite direction with your fingers to loosen the grip of the thread a little bit. Also, make sure your thread lays in a perfect spiral around the needle and doesn’t wobble around (the last wrap tends to do that).
To make the flower look more organic, make sure to do overlapping bullion stitches, too, after you have laid out the shape of the flower.