There’s a lot of bulk in a Bullion Knot. And on small pieces of artwork it, has many uses. For instance, it takes a Bullion Knot to make cattails growing by the swamp next door.
It also takes a large coil of thread like a Bullion Knot to crown the crest of a fancy bird. These concentrated hits of thread lift off the fabric creating texture and dimension to your work. Check out these directions on how to make the Bullion Knot.
It’s that time of year again,Thanksgiving. So put on your powdered wig, buckle your shoes, and grab your knickerbockers! We are about to learn the Colonial Knot. (OK, the knickerbocker reference may not be historically correct but grab something.) Colonial Knots are faster to make than French Knots and you can easily toss them in as a background filler with the Scattered Seed stitch like those above. (It also gives you and excuse to wear knickerbockers.)
Here’s how to make Colonial Knots: Begin the thread on the top of the fabric at A. Form a small loop like a backwards letter C with the thread. With the needle to the right of point A, slip the needle tip under the thread coming out of A. The shaft of the needle will lay on top of the lower end of the thread.
Shift the needle tip in front of point A. Wrap the thread across the needle and slip it under the tip of the needle. It should look like a figure 8 around the needle.
Gently pull the thread around the needle as you scoot the needle tip across the fabric to insert it back into the fabric. Insert the needle tip very close to point A. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.
Congratulations! You are now an official Colonial Knot Maker! You may now remover your knickerbockers and invite the neighbors over for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!
Many of my quilts are small and light weight and adding a hanging sleeve for a short little slat just doesn’t make sense. (And, as you know, I’m all about common sense.) So I’ve come up with this hanging mechanism for your small quilts: a simple loop added to the back.
Here are the steps:
1. Find the center top of the back of your quilt. Make a mark about 1.5 inches down from the top to mark the center of the quilt. A pin hole in th fabric will do the trick.
2. About .5 inches to the left of that mark, take a stitch with your needle and a size 5 or 8 pearl cotton thread.
3. Take a stitch into the quilt backing fabric and leave an open loop. (Leave the needle on the thread.)
4. Put your fingers into that loop and pull the thread through the loop to make another loop. You are making a chain stitch much like a crochet stitch.
5. Continue to make the chain stitch until the chain extends .5 inches beyond the center mark. The complete chain will be about 1 inch long.
6. To secure the chain, take a stitch into the quilt back. Pass the needle through the final loop and tie off the thread.
7. Snip the thread, hang the quilt on the wall, and enjoy the view.