Milliners needles will make it easier for you to make a Bullion Knot (and French Knots as well). The eye of a Milliners needle is just as narrow as the shaft which makes it easier to pull through when you are making the actual 'knot'. Milliners needles are also longer than regular needles which makes wrapping your thread around the needle easy peasy. Now if you don't have a Milliners needle at hand, don't worry I have made Bullion knots with other types of needles too. Just make sure the needle isn't too short or has a 'bulky' eye.
So here's how you make a Bullion Knot. I used the (hopefully) best photos from different Bullion Knots I made, hence the different floss colours. Hope it's not too confusing! I'm also a left-handed stitcher but as far as I can tell that really has no impact on how to perform this particular stitch. :)
Let the thread come up at A. The next step is to insert the needle at B ( and let it come up again at C. Hold the eye-end of the needle down with your thumb so the upper bit of the needle comes up and start wrapping the thread (that comes up at A) around the needle 4-6 times (to start with) clockwise.
You can see that the Bullion Knot is already taking shape. It is now time to pull the needle through. Try to keep some tension on the thread that is on the right of your needle but not too much or you will have trouble pulling your needle through. Not enough tension and you may end up with something like this...
Eeeep! Where is my Bullion Knot? Don't worry, keep on pulling the needle through gently and when you are nearly done, ease down the loops with your thumb and index finger....
...and it should then end up looking something like this. To secure the knot insert the needle at B again.
|Here are some Bullion Knots I made earlier...|
|Mmm in yellow they look a bit like maggots to me!|
Let me know how you get on the with the Bullion Knot!