I am still on a brooch-making kick. I have been learning how to do a few more complicated stitches. Bullion knots are amazingly versatile and I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with different uses for them. The most obvious use of them is for making flowers. Roses in particular seem to be very often constructed with this stitch.
Here are my efforts, the first one being my favourite. I might have to keep this one.
I feel obliged to note, however, that they did not all start out (or end up) as nicely as the one in the top image. My very first attempt looked like this:
Not so much ‘floral’ as ‘fugly’. But I am really, really enjoying learning this new skill. It feels like doing something very old that my hands and eyes have been waiting to re-learn. Almost like a reconnection with the women who lived before me and who I like to imagine tutting over my efforts and being satisfied when I ‘get it’.